Free course

Gene manipulation in plants

Free statement of participation on completion

Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and controversy. This free course, Gene manipulation in plants, covers some of the basic science that underpins the debate and examines the hotly contested case study of the development of 'golden rice'. By looking at the science behind the headlines you will acquire a clearer idea of both what is possible in GM science and what may be considered desirable.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand more about the science that underlies the development of genetically modified organisms and in particular how gene transfer is brought about
  • know something of the potential benefits and uncertainties associated with gene transfer and the high levels of technical ingenuity involved
  • understand more the science that underpins the development of Golden Rice and understand why the usefulness of this product has proved so contentious.