MS-LS4-5: Artificial Selection

Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms. (Cause and Effect)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on synthesizing information from reliable sources about the influence of humans on genetic outcomes in artificial selection (such as genetic modification, animal husbandry, gene therapy); and, on the impacts these technologies have on society as well as the technologies leading to these scientific discoveries.

Assessment Boundary: none

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS4.B: Natural Selection

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect


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Artificial selection (e.g. genetic modification, animal husbandry, gene therapy)
Organisms (plants and animals)
Desired traits
Cause and Effect


Learning Plans


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