This gives small blurbs about several different scientific advancements (such as the future of brain scanning, genetric sequencing and the "big bang machine) and asks students to make a pro/con list of each advancement and ultimately declare if the scientific risk was worth the effort. This can be used as a homework assignment or as a springboard for an intro discussion on one of the major themes found in the book--just because we can, should we? And if we do it, what are the consequences to our actions?
This would be an excellent activity for a cross-curricular lesson because it can delve deeply into the science aspect (if the teacher so desires...asking the students to research a little more in depth). It also works fine on its own, as is.