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Biotechnology (Honors Option)

This survey course will explore how living cells are used to create products with medical, industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications. Students will study the basics of cellular biology including DNA replication and translation to understand how scientists have learned ways to modify the code of life, including CRISPR and recombinant DNA, in an effort to feed, heal, and sustain life on our planet. Students will examine the ethical considerations and moral dilemmas of these technologies and will look to our Catholic theology for guidance. This class will include laboratory investigations such as DNA extraction, PCR amplification, electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, and stem cell investigations. Students will partner with local biotech companies and researchers to experience real world applications and to spark interest in biotech careers.