THEATRE OF DEBATE

DIGITAL DRAMA

Genetic Futures

The pace of discovery in the life sciences is breathtaking. The Human Genome Project is laying bare the genetic underpinnings of human health, while neuroscience is revealing the biological basis of perception, memory and behaviour. Biomedical research promises to deliver substantial benefits, but also poses unprecedented questions for society.

How will these new technologies affect our lives in the future?

What ethical guidelines should apply?

In 2001 we received a New Opportunities Fund award to digitalise our Creating the Debate programme – 5 original plays, debates and resources inspired by the ethical issues raised by current biomedical research. We commissioned Maverick Television to work in association with us to digitalise the plays and supporting resources for the web. The
Genetic Futures website is the result. Each play and resource has been transformed into a series of fictionalised news stories with video, audio and text – the end result meaning that you can choose how much information you want to find out at any one time. The site has now been approved by the National Grid for Learning

"This site provides and excellent introduction to genetics as well as allowing students to push the boundary on the possibilities of genetic modification, cloning and xenotransplantation.It has an interesting and very engaging way of putting the possible issues across and links very well to the new Science Key Stage 4 Programme of Study, released September 2006 .It would also be an excellent resource for teaching 21st Century Science GCSE. "


The Plays


The Gift by Nicola Baldwin (Theme – genetic selection)

Pig in the Middle by Judy Upton (Theme - animal to human transplants)

Sweet As You Are (Theme – genetic modification of crops)

Cracked by Nicola Baldwin (Theme – the genetic basis of mental illness)

Learning to Love the Grey by Jonathan Hall (Theme– stem cell therapy and cloning)

Making Astronauts by Jonathan Hall (Theme – genes and behaviour)



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