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Year 10 Biotechnology: Genetic screening

Claim 3

Genetic screening of embryos will give people the power to control personal traits.

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Step 1

Step 1. Identify the Key Terms of the Claim

Genetic screening of embryos will give people the power to control personal traits.

Step 2

Step 2. Identify Synonyms, Search Terms and Phrases



Search Term/ Phrase

Gene screening

Genetic testing

genetic diagnosis

DNA testing


"gene* test*" OR "DNA test*"




fertilized/ fertilised egg

Fetus/ Foetus



Embryo OR f?tus

Personal traits








traits OR genes 


Step 3

Step 3. Develop Refining Questions to Narrow the Claim - Who, What, Which, How...


Consider the following:

  • How will the genetic screening occur

  • who will have the screening

  • which traits will be controlled

  • Who is given the power

  • What will they do with the power

Step 4

Step 4. Add to your Terms, Synonyms and Search Terms/ Phrases table.

Step 6

Step 6. Develop a draft Research Question.