The Paradox:
Recombinant Bacteria

Programmes Details


Pak Lap - STREAM Teaching Facility Centre

KS3, KS4

Bacteria, they may be single-celled organisms however they carry great weight when it comes to causing diseases. However, did you know that bacteria also plays a role in disease prevention in some capacity? Explore the different ways bacteria are used for the benefit of human health, especially in genetic engineering.


Programmes Objective

To examine the different ways bacteria is used for disease prevention and pharmaceuticals

Discover why bacteria is suitable for genetic engineering to produce beneficial hormones such as human insuling that can be used for therapeutic purposes.

Explore other ways bacteria can be genetically engineered for positive uses

Learning Outcomes

Be able explain what recombinant bacteria is and describe the process of creating one

Be able to describe other ways bacteria can be genetically engineered for positive uses

Learning Content & Activities

explore the different ways this process can be used not just for therapeutic purposes but also for practical problems
Bacteria is a simple single-celled organism however with the use of genetic engineering it is at the forefront of research to tackle many issues with human diseases and practical problems such as microplastics
produce your very own recombinant bacteria
Each group of students will recieve a scenario of genetic modification / engineering being used, they will discuss as a team about its ethics. They will then present their argument in front of the class and defend their argument from questions and opinions from the class.

Skill Set Utilisation

Programmes Instructor

Mr. Adrian Heria

Mr. Adrian Heria

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Sheffield Hallam, UK), MSc Molecular and Cell Biology (Sheffield Hallam University)

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