Plants, Genes and People
Shaping food as we know it
For at least 10,000 years, people have been reshaping plants to fit our food needs. Through the power of choice, plus the powerful addition of science, people have changed plant genes to address ongoing challenges like drought, diseases, and climate change. Look closer to see the exciting technologies that have allowed food production to keep pace with an exploding world population.
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Using the Stories in the Classroom
The Plants, Genes and People case studies help students organize and make sense of the range of genetic technologies – from simple selection, to controlled crosses, hybrid crosses, marker-assisted breeding, genetic engineering and genome editing using CRISPR - that have allowed food production to keep pace with an exploding world population.

The Educator's Guide provides an overview of the case studies, NGSS Alignment, student worksheets, teacher notes and suggestions for using Plants, Genes and People in your classroom.
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