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Scientists have been working to change eggs. They think they can create eggs with medicine in them. This medicine would help people with cancer and arthritis. Also, putting medicine in eggs is 100 times cheaper than making medicine in factories.

The chickens are treated very well. They have large pens and are very comfortable. They do not know they are laying different eggs. The biggest saving is from the chicken sheds. These sheds are a lot cheaper to build than factories. 

Three of these eggs are enough for one dose of medicine. One chicken can lay up to 300 eggs a year. With enough chickens, the scientists think they can make enough for the public. 

The scientists also hope they can make eggs for animal healthcare too. It would be instead of giving farm animals antibiotics. This would help with antibiotic resistance. 

This is not the first time scientists have changed eggs. Scientists have also changed eggs so they could all be girls. Boy chickens are not used and many are killed after 2 days. Changing these eggs will make the process cheaper, greener for the earth and be kinder to chickens.

Difficult words

Arthritis: A disease in the joints (wrists, knees, elbows, etc.)

Pen: A closed space that surrounds animals.

Shed: A simple outside building used for outdoor things.

Healthcare: A system for taking care of sick people.

Antibiotic: Medicine that gets rid of harmful microorganisms.

Resistance: To not accept something.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. Arthritis A. Gate
 2. Pen B. Medicine
 3. Shed C. Medical System
 4. Healthcare D. Joint disease
 5. Antibiotic E. Outside building

True or False?

1.   Scientists are changing eggs. T / F

2.   Scientists are making eggs that taste different. T / F

3. The eggs are to help sick people.  T / F

4.  The chickens are not treated nicely.  T / F

5. This is the first time scientists have changed eggs. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. eggs / change / to / working / Scientists / been / have

2. chickens / The / treated / very / are / well

3. from / saving / the / biggest / is / The / sheds / chicken

4. the / from / is / biggest / The / chicken / sheds / saving

5. antibiotic / help / with / This / resistance / would

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: 

American English: 

process enough create
laying changed farm

Scientists have been working to change eggs. They think they can ________ eggs with medicine in them. This medicine would help people with cancer and arthritis. Also, putting medicine in eggs is 100 times cheaper than making medicine in factories.

The chickens are treated very well. They have large pens and are very comfortable. They do not know they are _________ different eggs. The biggest saving is from the chicken sheds. These sheds are a lot cheaper to build than factories.

Three of these eggs are enough for one dose of medicine. One chicken can lay up to 300 eggs a year. With ____________ chickens, the scientists think they can make enough for the public.

The scientists also hope they can make eggs for animal healthcare too. It would be instead of giving __________ animals antibiotics. This would help with antibiotic resistance.

This is not the first time scientists have ___________ eggs. Scientists have also changed eggs so they could all be girls. Boy chickens are not used and many are killed after 2 days. Changing these eggs will make the ___________ cheaper, greener for the earth and be kinder to chickens.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3.  What do you think about the GM eggs?
4. How would you feel about taking medication through eggs?
5. Do you think there are any negatives to these eggs?
6. Do you think it’s okay to create genetically modified food?
7. Would you be willing to eat genetically modified eggs if it meant no male chicks died?
8. Is there a different food you would rather take medication through?
9. What do you know about genetic engineering?
10. What do you think about genetically engineering new human organs to replace yours when you become old?
11. What do you think about people being able to genetically modify babies before they are born?
12. Should genetic engineering be used to rid the world of certain diseases and conditions?
13. What do you think about cloning?
14. What can cloning be useful for?
15. What do you think about people who clone their pets?
16. Would you ever want to clone any person or animal?
17. What do you think about cloning in order to harvest organs or other parts of the body?
18. What do you think about meat grown in labs to replace cow beef?
19. Does it make sense for vegetarians to eat this?
20. Is it worth it to continue creating medicine in factories for vegans even though it’s more expensive?