The Reading / Listening - Chimera - Level 4

More examples of science fiction are becoming science fact. Scientists have created the world's first part-human, part-monkey embryo. The result of this fusion is called a chimera. It could lead to lifesaving medical advances. A bio-scientist said this breakthrough was important for organ transplants. He said: "The long-term goal...is to grow human organs in pigs - kidneys, livers, hearts, etc." Thousands of people die every year waiting for a transplant.



In this groundbreaking research, scientists injected human cells into monkey embryos and studied their development. The bio-scientist said there were ethical concerns but chimera are common. He said: "Every time a person gets an organ transplant, the result is an intra-species chimera - an organism made up of cells from two members of the same species....When a human gets a pig heart valve, she becomes an inter-species chimera."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Chimera - Level 5 or  Chimera - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.salon.com/2021/04/16/the-bioethics-of-the-first-human-monkey-hybrid-embryo/
  • https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20210416/scientists-create-monkey-human-embryos
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-created-hybrid-human-monkey-133712492.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. science
  2. the world's first part-human,
  3. The result of this fusion is called
  4. lead to lifesaving medical
  5. this breakthrough was
  6. human
  7. Thousands of people die
  8. waiting for a
  1. organs
  2. fiction
  3. transplant
  4. a chimera
  5. every year
  6. part-monkey embryo
  7. important
  8. advances

Paragraph 2

  1. groundbreaking
  2. scientists injected human
  3. The bio-scientist said there were ethical
  4. chimera are
  5. a person gets an organ
  6. the result is an intra-species
  7. an organism made
  8. a pig heart
  1. chimera
  2. concerns
  3. transplant
  4. valve
  5. research
  6. up of cells
  7. cells
  8. common

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

More examples of science fiction are (1) ___________________. Scientists have created the world's (2) ___________________, part-monkey embryo. The result of (3) ___________________ called a chimera. It could lead to lifesaving medical advances. A bio-scientist said this breakthrough (4) ___________________ organ transplants. He said: "The (5) ___________________...is to grow human organs in pigs - kidneys, livers, hearts, etc." Thousands of people (6) ___________________ waiting for a transplant.

In this groundbreaking research, (7) ___________________ cells into monkey (8) ___________________ their development. The bio-scientist said there were ethical concerns but chimera are common. He said: "Every time a person (9) ___________________ transplant, the result is an intra-species chimera - an organism made (10) ___________________ from two members of (11) ___________________....When a human gets a pig heart valve, she becomes (12) ___________________ chimera."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Moreexamplesofsciencefictionarebecomingsciencefact.Scientistsha
vecreatedtheworld'sfirstpart-human,part-monkeyembryo.Theresu
ltofthisfusioniscalledachimera.Itcouldleadtolifesavingmedicaladvan
ces.Abio-scientistsaidthisbreakthroughwasimportantfororgantran
splants.Hesaid:"Thelong-termgoal...istogrowhumanorgansinpigs-
kidneys,livers,hearts,etc."Thousandsofpeopledieeveryyearwaitingf
oratransplant.Inthisgroundbreakingresearch,scientistsinjectedhu
mancellsintomonkeyembryosandstudiedtheirdevelopment.Thebio-
scientistsaidtherewereethicalconcernsbutchimeraarecommon.Hesa
id:"Everytimeapersongetsanorgantransplant,theresultisanintra-sp
ecieschimera-anorganismmadeupofcellsfromtwomembersofthesa
mespecies....Whenahumangetsapigheartvalve,shebecomesaninter-sp
ecieschimera."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You