X-Men (2000)
Concept featured in clip: Mutations
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 1


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Summary of clip: Jean is speaking at a conference with many government officials about mutations and how they arise. There is one senator who is totally against "mutants" and thinks they are all bad.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip could be an engaging way to discuss mutations in genes. The senator continues to ramble on about how "mutants" are always bad. This could lead into discussions about harmful mutations but also mutations that have no effect or are beneficial.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What are some examples of mutations? Are these mutations always bad?

b. What are some types of mutations that occur in your genes? How do these relate to evolution? How do they relate to different cancers?

2. You can have the class examine different types of mutations from various cancers to different forms of certain genes that may have played a role in a disease or in evolution. This way they can learn from a particular example how a certain genetic mutation can cause a problem or can be beneficial through evolution.

3. You can use this clip as an assessment to a genetics unit as well. If a majority of students have viewed this film on their own time, they can describe how changes in genetic material can allow for these mutants to live. Students can hypothesize which genes would need to be altered to best for each particular mutant using information gleaned from the Human Genome Project in addition to their imaginations. They must provide support and evidence for their claims.