EDUCATION: Burning Issues

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Science  20 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5602, pp. 2289
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5602.2289b

Can we save our dwindling forests—and will it make any difference if we recycle paper? Are genetically engineered crops the solution to food shortages? Do DNA patents stifle further research? At Action Bioscience, students from middle school through college confront these and other biological controversies by hearing directly from the experts.

The site features more than 50 peer-reviewed articles by scientists, along with position papers from environmental groups. Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson sounds off about the crisis of declining biodiversity, and paleontologist Donald Johanson of Arizona State University, Tempe, wades through the evidence that humans evolved in Africa. One section gives students the chance to sort through clashing views on the safety and value of transgenic crops. About half the offerings include lesson plans with activities. The site comes from BioScience Productions, a nonprofit based in Nokomis, Florida, that promotes science education.

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