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by msnelmida
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:57 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 11568

Re: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)

1. Elliot Sober is describing the possibility of a problem with the qualitative assumptions social scientists may make based upon the quantitative findings of models of transmission systems such as those of Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman and of Boyd and Richerson. Sober mentioned that although these tw...
by msnelmida
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13566

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

Yesterday we talked about how knowing that what we do, what we eat, what diseases we have will impact us, can give us a sense of great responsibility; but I was kind of thinking, could that fact also make us less accountable to our actions? For instance, if I am alcoholic, can I argue that it's not...
by msnelmida
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13566

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

After reading this article I still feel skeptical about if and how our ancestor’s childhoods affect us biologically. I find epigenetics in general really fascinating however I feel that the article did not do a good enough job of explaining how that aspect of memory could affect offspring in a sign...
by msnelmida
Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 4631

Re: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)

I think in context that Roberta Millstein is referring to the “precautionary principle” in her article, GMOs? Not So Fast, it meant as a principle that people must act upon or follow when dealing with actions on a community or society that may lead to ultimate harm to society, global human health, o...
by msnelmida
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11145

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

Looking at the stated problem 3. I do see the point being made by the anti-labelers for GMO that it can have a very negative connotation that their products is "bad" or "unhealthy" which can be detrimental to such company's future. Also then again as it was pointed out labeling i...
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 8645

Re: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)

Cultural Evolution specifically culture being autonomous is a new topic for me and particularly interested on learning more about it. I had always think of culture and behavior to always involve indirectly by biological concepts such as genes and learned behaviors from a group to increase group fitn...
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 5200

Re: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)

Elliot Sober concludes that when it comes to analyzing and coming up with theories of cultural evolution culture is often undermined by biological processes or gene transmission. Sober wants to consider that culture can be autonomous phenomena that can be used theorize cultural evolution. He provide...
by msnelmida
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9073

Re: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)

So the example of having a larger family follow off from Darwin's theory for evolution regarding fitness than smaller family has been used in this article as well as the other article with TIm Lewens. Also if I am understanding the graph correctly on page 26 it shows a trend through time that family...
by msnelmida
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12358

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

Cultural inheritance is an interesting topic. The way I understand it is that as communities grows larger we benefited more through adapting via oblique transmission than vertical transmission (genes) by learning heuristically from others. It can also be a hit or miss process as some learned behavio...
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 4629

Re: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)

Problems related to biology are often difficult to understand and find solutions for due to the way which the understanding of biology historically was build up. In biology the interpretations of human nature or behavior are interpreted into two ways which is proximate causes or "how" and ...
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 8115

Re: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)

I personally think that this article shows how much we had learned so far about genetics but at the same time as people pointed out it is frightening as scientists already began to use CRISPR although our understanding is still not sufficient. Is this an appropriate approach to gain knowledge or sho...
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5802

Re: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)

I do not have a specific article in mind but I want to write for the writing project the topic regarding ethical issues and overall progress of creating GMO products especially food. The questions are if there are ethical issues at all as historically all we had been doing with the products we used ...
by msnelmida
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)
Replies: 30
Views: 7724

Re: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)

It was very refreshing to read Dr. Gilbert's interview. I love the fact that he gave honest answers to the questions. “It is common belief that once we can sequence the genome, we can edit it to have babies with higher IQ for example. This is a myth, because it is very rare that one gene correspond...
by msnelmida
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 8350

Re: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)

After reading this article, it did open up my mind to different possibilities of HGP and its role in cancer. Although the author does say at the end that it would require a great amount of effort, I feel like she is over optimistic because in describing it she seems to make it sound like it is simp...
by msnelmida
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 6601

Re: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)

I find the notion of claiming which is normal and abnormal based on genetic variation to be interesting. There are two examples in which Lloyd uses one is "Gilbert's disease" which is a genetic variation that deem to not have any effects on a person's overall health and interaction with th...
by msnelmida
Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 8350

Re: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)

Cancer is one of those diseases that I think existed in the recent centuries and could be the result through a statistical probability of having a certain disease due to human longer lifespan. It is claimed that about two thirds of the world's population have a chance of being diagnosed with cancer....
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Human Genome, Then and Now
Replies: 4
Views: 1782

Re: Human Genome, Then and Now

Although the Human Genome Project did not give us the answer with "cures" for a number of disease I do agree that it brought a number of benefits or it yielded more benefits more than its costs both definitely in our understanding of the DNA and economy as well. Looking back one can refer ...
by msnelmida
Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 7087

Re: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)

In one way I think the HGP did help us understand how complex our biology is and through that understanding we can say that our learning of such topics are increasing exponentially at higher rate than before shown by how fast we can now sequence one's DNA and how less pricey it becomes. Also, on top...
by msnelmida
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 7087

Re: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project

Although HGP sequence and map genes from various individuals, the proper gene can not be regarded as the standard gene from sequencing and mapping. We can never negate environmental factors affecting people, thought someone may attribute this into epigenetic which environmental factors affect peopl...
by msnelmida
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 5259

Re: What do you hope to get out of this class?

I learned that the topics in biology are topics that came up very recently and that almost every week new things getting discovered as technology and techniques are tested. New innovations and discoveries always comes with new questions thus in retrospect I think this course will provide me the abil...

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