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by Michelle Tarango
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 14860

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

Michelle Tarango PHI 108 Partners Eugene Kim Final 1. In this passage, Sober is pointing out the differences in assumptions reached by social and biological scientists. While biological scientists reach quantitative answers while studying cultural influence, social scientists reach qualitative answe...
by Michelle Tarango
Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16532

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

I found it interesting that rodents who had inattentive mothers had methlyated changes in their brains that then caused them to be less attentive to their offspring, creating a cycle that was caused by the experiences of multiple generations. Because this "bad mothering" is genetic, I feel...
by Michelle Tarango
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16532

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

I had previously learned how epigenetics was an interaction between the environment and a person's DNA which caused a different result than either would on it's own. However, I found it fascinating to learn how the methyl groups can attach to the DNA and alter it to cause these changes. Although it ...
by Michelle Tarango
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 3494

Re: Seeking partners for Final

Hey guys! I would love to join you in a group. If you leave your emails I can get a Google Doc started later tonight for us to collaborate in!
by Michelle Tarango
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13384

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

After the discussion in class yesterday, I feel as though unregulated GMO labeling would not be beneficial to the consumer. While it would allow consumers to have more choice over their food products, I feel as though unregulated labeling could either cause panic or simply a lack of concern. Much li...
by Michelle Tarango
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13384

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

I understand that the author takes a middle ground position because she feels that the arguments "steer" toward, but I feel as though the article would have been a lot stronger had Millstein taken a stance either for or against GMO labeling. I personally support GMOs and have seen how bene...
by Michelle Tarango
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6344

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

Sober arrives at this conclusion by examining the relation between cultural evolution and biological evolution. In this passage, he is stating that models of cultural evolution help to explain how biology and culture evolve together. According to Sober, this is a better explanation than one that tre...
by Michelle Tarango
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10174

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

As a social science major, cultural evolution has always been stressed as an important part of human evolution in my classes. However, after the readings, class discussions, and video watched in class, I understand better the interaction between biological and cultural evolution. I found it extremel...
by Michelle Tarango
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10828

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

I thought Sober's three patterns for natural selection were interesting and gave me something to think about. However, I don't think that there is any one model that correctly describes the pattern of natural selection. Instead, I think a combination of the three patterns acts in different ways upon...
by Michelle Tarango
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14441

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I enjoyed that this article recognized that evolution in species is a combination of both nature (Darwin's natural selection) and nurture (offspring learn things by watching their parents). As a psychology major, this is something this is stressed constantly in my classes: that both nature and nurtu...
by Michelle Tarango
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 5559

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

In his article, Griesemer addresses three main points: how biology has been divided into different sciences seeking to answer different questions, the misconception that reproduction is simply the flow of information, and that the Human Genome Project may further alienate organismal and population b...
by Michelle Tarango
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14185

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

The in-class discussion really helped to make the text easier to understand. After skimming through the reading once again, I feel that I was more able to break down the main points. Something I really enjoyed is the third section, where Griesemer questions who should be able to determine "what...
by Michelle Tarango
Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14185

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

This article was extremely boring, and the reading was very difficult to understand. The article seemed to jump around a lot and did not convey a cohesive message. I also had a hard time understanding the "conflict" between the proximate and ultimate explanations of human nature.
by Michelle Tarango
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9520

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

I found the article extremely interesting as I had no prior knowledge of CRISPR, but I agree that the heavy use of this technology without great understanding can have dangerous effects. In particular, I was interested in the use of CRISPR for agricultural uses. While the article focused more on com...
by Michelle Tarango
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7130

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

For my writing project, I want to compare and contrast the different views presented in the articles we read throughout the class sessions. Already, the readings have shown multiple views about the human genome project, and I feel that the future readings will also have contrasting views to be able ...
by Michelle Tarango
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:23 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: 9097

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

I thought this article was extremely interesting, especially as it was much more recent than the other papers we had been reading for this class. I was confused about Dr. Gilbert's statement that "we are spending money on problems that can have immediate outcomes." Does this mean that the ...
by Michelle Tarango
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9728

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

I agree with Delbecco that using humans in cancer research is extremely important to be able to find a sufficient cure. Regardless of how similar mice or other test subjects react to certain treatments, the only way we will truly know how these treatments work on human cancer is to test them on huma...
by Michelle Tarango
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 6412

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

I hope to have a better understanding of the motivations and ethical issues in biological sciences and how scientists balance ethical concerns with scientific discovery.

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