The video "What's so controversial about...Pharmacogenetics?" is divided into four sections. Sections one and two introduce learners to the science of pharmacogenetics and what it involves. Sections three and four introduce some of the bioethical benefits and questions. The links below provide access to a variety of teaching resources linked to each section, and will become active as more resources become available.
Teaching materials are provided for each section of the video. Worksheets and scenario based activities are provided for introductory (GCSE science/biology), intermediate (AS/A2 level or advanced GCSE) and advanced (undergraduate or advanced AS/A2) level students. The topics are common across all levels, however the complexity of both the scientific and ethical content reflects the target audience.
Click here to view a more detailed summary of the learning outcomes at each level for the four sections of the film.
The links below will take you to some background information on the scientific and ethical issues arising in each section of the video. These notes are intended to provide teachers with a guide to the scientific and ethical issues in each area.
The document below provides an outline lesson plan to accompany the film "What's so controversial about...Pharmacogenetics?" and its associated teaching materials. It is designed for a standard 55 minute science lesson. It can be extended as indicated using the supplementary material found on this website and via the BioethicsBytes database.
The following case studies focus on existing medications and drugs in current use. They are provided as background to the topics covered in the film, but may be used in discussion to extend the length and depth of classroom activities.
The following are fictional scenarios for use alongside other teaching material that accompany the film. Where appropriate teacher instructions are provided as separate downloads and indications for use are contained in the relevant lesson plan.
A glossary of technical terms is available here. Links to entries in the glossary are provided throughout the materials available on this site (glossary links are green, as opposed to the blue of all other links). The glossary is intended primarily for teacher use, but may also be used as a classroom aid.