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KS3 English - The science behind science fiction: Biotechnology

Resources on the science behind science fiction to support your Year 8 Library lesson, compiled by your librarians.


Biotechnology often features in Science Fiction but on this page you can find out about the science behind:

Artificial body parts


Genetic Engineering


What do you think about biotechnology?

Watch the videos about 'biotechnology' in the centre column.

What comes into your mind first when you hear the word "biotechnology"?

What do you think about biotechnology?
Artificial body parts: 0 votes (0%)
Cloning: 2 votes (13.33%)
Genetic engineering: 6 votes (40%)
Mind control: 0 votes (0%)
Mutation: 2 votes (13.33%)
Nanotechnology: 1 votes (6.67%)
Viral diseases: 3 votes (20%)
Others: 1 votes (6.67%)
Total Votes: 15

The latest 'Biotechnology' news from Popsci

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The science behind time travel and teleportation

Here are short videos looking at the science behind biotechnology and cloning.

As you watch, try and make up your own mind about the information and possible answers and opinion to the following questions...

What is biotechnology? and How can we make wise decisions about it?

What is cloning? and Do you think human cloning is possible and morally correct?

Click and Clone

Try it yourself in the mouse cloning laboratory. (Source)

Find out more...

Would you like to find out more about biotechnology?

Here are a few keywords to get you started with your search, can you think of any others?

Try adding one or two keyword in this 'Sweetsearch 4 me' searchbox.

'Sweetsearch 4 me' is a search engine that only finds resources suitable for school students:

The Day - Biotechnology News

Click on the cover to read the article, hover to pause


These articles from The Day discusses biotechnology news regarding artificial body parts, cloning, genetic engineering, mind control, mortality and death, mutation and stem cells.

(You'll be able to access these articles when you are inside school)

At the bottom of each article you will find some interesting links to explore and ideas to think about.

Browse our Magazines in the Senior Library

Reading magazine articles can be a great way to find up-to-date information on a topic.

You will find all the magazines under the stairs in the Interactive Zone. Current copies are on display and back copies can be found in a cupboard directly behind the current issue.


*Read from 8 September 2012 issue 2881 of New Scientist magazine.

  page 40-43

*Read from August 2012 issue vol 307 of Scientific American magazine.

  page 10

*Read from 14 September 2013 issue 2934 of New Scientist magazine

  page 32-35

Books available

Find out more about biotechnology in these books from the Senior Library collection:

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