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Aneuploidy and Related Biotechnologies

The Seminar Paper and Challenge Questions 

  Aneuploidy and Related Biotechnologies

Seminar Paper       Pre-Seminar Focus Questions

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Challenge Questions

  • Download the seminar paper and read this in preparation for your in-school workshop prior to the seminar on May 12th 2011
  • Download the Pre-Seminar Focus Paper.
  • Use the focus questions to help you as you read the seminar paper.
  • Post your questions for the seminar on the Seminar 3 Question Page.
  • Join the live chat and ask questions during the seminar

  • The CHALLENGE QUESTIONS are for discussion in your school workshop after the seminar.
  • Make sure that you post your ideas and answers to the challenge questions here.
  • This page will be monitored by teachers and scientists who will respond to your discussion.

Post a question for the seminar

If you would like to ask a question about the seminar paper before the seminar please click here. Questions will be answered during the seminar.

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  • Join livechat during the seminar to talk to participating students throughout New Zealand and ask questions of the scientists.
  • Most questions will be answered during the seminar; either during the chat, or at the end of the broadcast.
  • Any questions that are not answered during the seminar will be answered afterwards on the wiki.


Watch the Seminar later 

Click here to watch the seminar recording  Click here to download the seminar recording


About the Presenters

 Richard Fisher    |     Bert Stewart    |    Jenny Eaton   |   Jacquie Bay

Useful Resources 

Assisted Reproductive Technologies Research: The Liggins Institute - Fertility Associates

Liggins Institute Deputy Director, Professor Wayne Cutfield leads a child development research group at the Liggins Institute. This group collaborates with scientists from Fertility Associates and has a number of research projects which investigate aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Fertility Associates supports a research fellow, Dr Mark Green, through a grant to the Liggins Institute (the Fertility Associates’ Research Fellowship Fund). Dr Green is using bovine models to try to understand why stimulated follicles do not nurture eggs as well as the dominant follicle in natural cycles. Ultimately this work is looking to improve on the fact that only 10% of oocytes collected in human IVF typically result in a live birth. Click here to read more.

Useful Links and References to Online Papers

Nature Education References:

Nature Education is an online free access source of scientific papers written for students.  You will find them informative and easy to read.  


Useful Web Sites

Fertility Associates

Interactive Biological Clock (From Fertility Associates as used in the seminar)

Centre for Genetics Education

Your Genes Your Health - a multimedia guide to genetic disorders

NZ Down Syndrome Association

Huntington Disease Association of NZ

Cystic Fibrosis NZ

Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ


Pray, L.A. (2008) Embryo screening and the ethics of human genetic engineering. Nature Education 1(1)
Genes, Society and the Future (University of Otago and NZ Law Foundation Project)

Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology

Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology

Genes, Society and the Future (University of Otago and NZ Law Foundation Project)

Antenatal Down Syndrome Screening in NZ  - Report 2007

Who gets born? A report on the cultural, ethical and spiritual issues raised by pre-birth testing. The Bioethics Council of New Zealand
Erez, A., Plunkett, K., Sutton, V. R., & McGuire, A. L. (2010). The right to ignore genetic status of late onset genetic disease in the genomic era; Prenatal testing for Huntington disease as a paradigm. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 152A(7), 1774-1780.

Maori attitudes to assisted human reproduction Dr Marewa Glover of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences School of Population Health is the author of a study into Maori attitudes to assisted human reproduction. Dr Marewa has kindly provided a copy of this report for use by students and schools.  Click here...........

Tikanga Māori, Mātauranga Māori & Bioethics The Bioethics Council of New Zealand

Links to your school programme

This seminar links to the following NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards:

  • AS 90714 Biology 3.2 Research a contemporary biological issue
  • AS 90715 Biology 3.3 Describe the role of DNA in relation to gene expression
  • AS 90718 Biology 3.6 Describe applications of biotechnological techniques

A list of objectives from your Year 13 programme that link into the seminar can be found in the Seminar Discussion Paper.