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READING COMPREHENSION
Family Uses Genetic Selection to have a
Baby to Save Their Other Child’s Life

READING COMPREHENSION  Follow the instructions and answer the questions in English .

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General Comprehension 

 Before reading, discuss what the headline tells you about what you may learn from the text.
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 Briefly introduce the document

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 Identify the topic (What about ?) :
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Detailed Comprehension 

 List all the people mentioned

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 Explain how they are related .
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 Read again and highlight information about :

 Elisabeth’s health problem in yellow


 How the problem was solved in green
 the questions her parents’ decision raises in blue
 the father’s main argument to justify their decision in red

 Use elements from the text and your findings to explain in your own words what you’ve understood.

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 Say what the numbers or expressions refer to .

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Fanconi anemia  ………………………………………………………………………………..………………………

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preimplantation genetic diagnosis
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 Comment on line 40 : “The ethics of choosing which embryo will be born can be debated”

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 Check your Vocabulary !

Match the vocabulary with the correct definition and write a-g next to the numbers 1-7

1…….. siblings a. an undifferentiated cell


that gives rise to
specialized cells, such as
blood cells

2…….. ounce b. Uterus/a place where


something is conceived

3…….. in deep freeze c. the fatty network of


connective tissue that fills
the cavities of bones

4…….. d. Brothers and sisters


marrow
5…….. a disease e. a unit of weight/ = 28,3
grams

6…….. a womb f. a serious illness


7…….. a stem cell g. very cold temperature

 Infer the meaning of the following words or expressions thanks to the context .

 to be debated : ………………………………………………………………………

 to be no accident : ………………………………………………………….…………

 preimplantation genetic diagnosis: …………………………………………..…………

 to be genetically selected : ……………………………………..……………………