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by pkshah
Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13611

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

"The hunt is on. Giant pharmaceutical and smaller biotech firms are searching for epigenetic compounds to boost learning and memory. It has been lost on no one that epigenetic medications might succeed in treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder where today’s psychiatric ...
by pkshah
Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13611

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

"could certain experiences — child neglect, drug abuse or other severe stresses — also set off epigenetic changes to the DNA inside the neurons of a person’s brain? " (Discovery Magazine). As someone who is not familiar with the concept of epigenetics, it blew my mind to know that it was p...
by pkshah
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 4666

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

The precautionary principle is the notion that the introduction of some process and/or product whose ultimate effects are not known should be viewed with skepticism. Furthermore, the introduction of these processes and/or products into the environment should be resisted. According to Millstein, the ...
by pkshah
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 2940

Re: Seeking partners for Final

Hey Guys, I'm Paarth! I was looking to partner up if possible too! My email is pkshah@ucdavis.edu. Feel free to send me an email if any of you want to collaborate :)
by pkshah
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11188

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

In Problem 5 I thought it was absurd that the companies that are responsible for producing GMO's are responsible for testing without FDA oversight. This presents a clear conflict of interest that, if not checked, will result in no constructive change. The people who make GMO's are not going to come ...
by pkshah
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11188

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

I think there is a large overreaction from both the scientific community as well as those advocating for GMO labeling. Calling the labeling a "War on Science" is absurd. It has more to do with the introduction of choice as opposed to anything with regards to GMO's. The only thing that I am...
by pkshah
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:17 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 8664

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

Cultural evolution has influenced the development of myself and my family. In my family, having a voice or an opinion depends on the amount that you have accomplished. Typically, when people are extremely accomplished people listen to what they have to say with greater interest than those that have ...
by pkshah
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 5233

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

Sober means that the various models of cultural evolution described in the passage show that biology explains culture at a fundamental level. This is as opposed to a social scientist that would explain cultural phenomena at face value. To give an analogy, a low level programming language would be ak...
by pkshah
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9097

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

I thought that it was really interesting when Sober talked about how the atomization of cultural traits in cultural evolution gets rid of important context. I think that this is very true. Furthermore, the point was driven home when he made an analogous example regarding sickle cell anemia. Original...
by pkshah
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12396

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)

I don't agree with Lewens when he says that cultural units do not form lineages. I think that any meme can manifest itself in an inordinately large amount of ways in each and every person. These ideas create other ideas which create a causal chain of ideology. Therein lies a lineage of cultural unit...
by pkshah
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12396

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I think that it is super interesting to hear about cultural evolution from this perspective. I never thought of learning as a cultural evolution in such a way that it reduces fitness. This reduction of fitness would be from the traditional definition of fitness being thought to be the propagation of...
by pkshah
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 4643

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

Summary: Section (1) starts off by talking about the various subsections of human nature. Furthermore, Griesemer talks about how these various subsections of human nature need to be taken into account. It seems as if the only section that is accounted for is the functional aspect of it when the hist...
by pkshah
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11899

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

In section (2) he starts by talking about the interpretation of biological theories and how the interpretation of them can affect mentalities regarding the HGP. Question 1) What does it mean that biological theory is taken as a "whole"? Does this mean something along the lines of the fact ...
by pkshah
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11899

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

If the author was trying to convince me of anything or convey information, it didn't accomplish its task. I was more confused after reading the article than I was before. The how vs why part of the article was the only part I even began to understand. I totally know how you feel. I honestly didn't ...
by pkshah
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 8164

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

While reading the article and listening to the podcast, I thought that CRISPR is a pretty exciting tool. Furthermore, I think that it also supports Dulbecco's ideology. Seeing tangible results as reflected by editing the genome can really mean that everything that we are is a result of our genetic m...
by pkshah
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5820

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

For my writing project I would like to write a short science fiction piece. I have an idea of something along the lines of a dystopian society, based in the future, where the genetic makeup of an individual is what is used in order to determine quality of life that person has. The rich stay rich bec...
by pkshah
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5820

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

For my writing project I would like to write a short science fiction piece. I have an idea of something along the lines of a dystopian society, based in the future, where the genetic makeup of an individual is what is used in order to determine quality of life that person has. The rich stay rich bec...
by pkshah
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:43 am
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: 7773

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

I really liked this interview because the terminology that was used was relatively commonplace, and as a result, I was able to understand all of what Dr. Gilbert was saying. I did not quite understand what Dr. Gilbert meant when he said not all statistically significant things are biologically signi...
by pkshah
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

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

Main Points: The significance of the Human genome Project, according to Lloyd, has been significantly oversimplified and overstated. Certainly, the human genome project helps us understand the molecular basis behind diseases; however, not all variations that are present in the genome cause discernib...
by pkshah
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 8362

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

I am curious about how progression is the least understood phase in the creation of malignancy. As I understand it, a malignant tumor is one that is cancerous and spreads to the surrounding tissue or another site where the uncontrolled growth causes the destruction of those tissues. If it is a proce...
by pkshah
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 5274

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

I hope to be able to indulge my curiosity and explore a field of philosophy that I have never experienced before. Since I am a novice at the Philosophy of Biology, my only hope is to learn and to understand more about another world of knowledge.

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