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COMPETENCY: Evaluate the objectivity and legitimacy of biology information found in articles and online. 

CRITERION: Explain the main points presented in an article.

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Identifies but does not explain the main points presented in an article.

Faculty Comments:“What was the outcome from this genetic modification? Did they test it on animals at all?”

CRITERION: Evaluate the scientific credibility of an article.

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Does not identify the scientific credibility of an article.

Faculty Comments:“How would you evaluate the scientific credibility of the article? It’s always a good idea to use the Source Evaluation Forms to help you objectively evaluate your sources. ”

COMPETENCY: Explain the tools and applications of biotechnology. 

CRITERION: Evaluate the pros and cons of a genetically modified organism.

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Does not identify the pros and cons of a genetically modified organism.

Faculty Comments:“What are the pros/cons of genetically modifying Salmonella Typhi? Why was it developed in the first place? ”

CRITERION: Explain how microorganisms that normally affect the immune system can be used beneficially as tools in biotechnology.

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Lists microorganisms that are used as tools in biotechnology.

Faculty Comments:“Beyond S. Typhi, what other ways are microorganisms being used as tools of biotechnology? There are literally thousands of examples in food production, environmental causes, and medicine – tell me about a few! ”

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