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by euriekim
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 14858

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

#2. In this passage, James Griesemer discusses how easily a simple and convenient resource will spread throughout the public by bringing up Wilson’s diagram as an example. He states that Wilson’s diagram is likely to wield “strong social influence” due to biologists’ need for simplification and our ...
by euriekim
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 3493

Re: Seeking partners for Final

I'm also looking for a couple more partners! email: eskim@ucdavis.edu :D

- Eurie Kim
by euriekim
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16530

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

I found the topic about a mother's love impacting their child's life interesting. It's amazing how love or neglect can alter our personalities and behaviors so drastically. I don't understand the benefits of caring for offspring differently if they're from the "sperm from defeated males". ...
by euriekim
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16530

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

I'm a little doubtful about the concept of our ancestors passing down genes due to their actions growing up. If an ancestor has alcoholism and passes it down to his/her child and that the future grandchild succumbs to alcoholism, does the alcoholism trait vanish from their subsequent generations unt...
by euriekim
Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 5771

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

The precautionary principle is a principle that introducing new products or procedures, without knowing the full effects that it could have, should be opposed. Going ahead and introducing new products or procedures, like GMOs or ridding the world of a pest, could have unforeseen, dire consequences. ...
by euriekim
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13380

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

I do believe, however, that we should stop trying to control pests and weeds with harsh-pesticides. The portion of the article mentioning the increasingly-resistant weeds reminded me of a biological sciences class. A past professor talked about how there used to be barn owls around Davis that would ...
by euriekim
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13380

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

I am not for nor against genetically modified organisms. I don't believe that GMO's are purely harmful or purely beneficial. There are risks that come with the rewards. I don't think GMO's should be stopped, nor do I think that they should be praised. However, I do think that foods should be labelle...
by euriekim
Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6341

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

In his article “Models of Cultural Evolution”, Elliott Sober addresses how cultural evolution is equally important as biological evolution. He makes his argument by bringing up topics like the lowered birth rate in Italian women and “self-sacrificial behaviour” or altruism. Sober concludes that the ...
by euriekim
Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10173

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

I didn't consider cultural evolution to be as influential as it has been until last week's discussions and video. It's fascinating to think how much cultural evolution is linked to biological evolution and how oblique transmission has as much effect as vertical transmission does. It would make sense...
by euriekim
Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10824

Re: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution

"Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman's idealized representation of the demographic transition in Europe. Mortality rates decline; then, after a time lag, the birth rate declines also." (24) I found it interesting that culture and teachings from parents or peers could influence the decline of the bi...
by euriekim
Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14436

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I found the whole concept of memes and cultural evolution to be interesting. "Another significant worry for memetics is that when the same ideas do spread through a population, it is rarely because they are literally copied from each other." (15) I thought of the game Telephone when I read...
by euriekim
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14436

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

When I was reading the part of the Italian women choosing to have fewer children, I thought of how family size is usually determined by location. In larger, rural areas, larger family sizes are typically favored. However in smaller, urban areas, smaller family sizes are usually favored. I also think...
by euriekim
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 5558

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

In this article Griesemer covers three main topics. He first talks about how people shouldn't be content with just knowing the answer to either "how" or "why" questions and not both. He uses evolution as an analogy to proximate ("how"/"what") and ultimate expl...
by euriekim
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14182

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

I really enjoyed the third part of his article. I liked that he stated that "nonscientists must be careful... not to let the perceived casual role of genes and the consequent authority of ge- neticists over other biological specialists be interpreted as justifying a moral or political authority...
by euriekim
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14182

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

"One must take into account, explicitly or implicitly, both system and con- text; and molecular biologists have not the expertise, nor should they have the authority, to impose their beliefs and assumptions about context in a social evaluation of the HGI." (Griesemer, 85) I'm glad that Gr...
by euriekim
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9518

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

The article was a bit frightening to me. Sure, CRISPR could have great benefits and go on to achieve great things in the field of biology, but it can also easily and rapidly ruin ecosystems and organisms. In the future, I would hope that the general public or even just scientists would be able to vo...
by euriekim
Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7127

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

I am still unclear on the details of the writing project, but I would love to write a science fiction short story held in the future. The topic would perhaps be about the effects of the HGP, finding the gene sequences correlated to diseases, and having people determine whether a person is “normal” o...
by euriekim
Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:53 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: 9095

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

I really enjoyed Gilbert's interview. I liked that he was frank and realistic with his answers. He flat-out declared how scientists are spending too much money on problems that can have "immediate outcomes" and how, recently, so much bad material are getting published in science. I liked t...
by euriekim
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7516

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

It's terrifying to think how we could be close to giving people the power to distinguish "normality" from "abnormality" and "diseased" from "healthy". I can easily imagine how it could get out of hand like with women and cosmetics today. Women are taught to be...
by euriekim
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9724

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

I agree with what everybody else has posted. The HGP may be a platform, but it isn't that simple to rid the world of all cancers. Environmental factors are also responsible, not only genomics.
by euriekim
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 6411

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

I hope to gain more of an understanding about both philosophy and biology. I also hope to be able to apply what I learn in this class to other future classes for my Biological Sciences major.

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