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by jjquintanilla
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:52 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)

I think that this is a interesting topic because it brings into transfer the notion that the past action of our ancestors affect the outcome of the future generation, which in some sense ties to history. For in history, the actions of the past has transformed modern society into what is now.
by jjquintanilla
Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:32 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.)

The idea of the precautionary principle is centered on the belief that what is unknown of something should be avoided in order to prevent unexpected negative outcomes. With regards to climate change, according to Millstein, the reason why climate change is taken seriously and accepted as a truth is ...
by jjquintanilla
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:45 pm
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 further into the environmental part of the articles, it would seem that there is a tight correlation with the increase use of pesticides and the evolution of such pests to overcome these chemical substances. Although the use of genetically modified foods have allowed for an increase in yield...
by jjquintanilla
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:44 pm
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)

I find that this is an interesting topic. Despite the position of many anti-GMOs, I define myself as a supporter of GMOs. I feel that there is enough scientific data to show and demonstrate to the public that such method of crop production is not detrimental to humans. Further more, outside the doma...
by jjquintanilla
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 8648

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

With regards to cultural evolution in my personal life, I have come to understand it better because of my background in history. My family and to larger extent, Honduran culture, and perhaps those of many Latin American countries, are the products of a continuous association with other nations and w...
by jjquintanilla
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:05 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)

Sober's interpretation is based upon this comparison on which certain fields: biology or social science, can better provide an answer with a more plausible explanation, than another field. Sober arrived to this conclusion simply based on the reason that science, and in this case biological science, ...
by jjquintanilla
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9074

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

I personally do not have a full understanding of where the argument of the article is taking me, but I understood and see the argument pointed out by Alexander. He made an interesting point with regards to how the environment plays a role on how society behaves. He believed that the environmental co...
by jjquintanilla
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12358

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

I honestly did not like when the Lewis mentions that "Culture cannot be atomized into discrete units" because it turns outs that there are various instances in which it can. For example, the birth of nationalism which encompasses a national identity is an example of how culture become unif...
by jjquintanilla
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12358

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I enjoyed this article and I thought it was interesting how it brought into consideration how individual attempt to find success by identifying individuals who seem to be successful and in some way mimic them. I though it was interesting because with regards to the question of cultural evolution, th...
by jjquintanilla
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:53 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.)

The Griesemer article focus on three specific points. It brings into light the various complex backgrounds of biology and its correlation to society. The first section focuses primarily on the dynamics of biological science in terms of molecular and evolutionary biology. It briefly mentions how thes...
by jjquintanilla
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11870

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

Reading this for a second time, I find it quite fascinating the section that brings into light the interaction that the HGI will have with other aspects of society. For example, the section deals a lot with the understanding of genetics and making the right choices when it comes to having children. ...
by jjquintanilla
Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11870

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

After reading this entire article, will admit that I find it utterly perplexing. I found myself confuse throughout the entire reading, but I will admit that the most interesting part of what I understood was the fact that there is a difference in the view of the HGP between Molecular and Evolutionar...
by jjquintanilla
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 8115

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

This podcast was rather interesting because it simplifies the conceptual dynamics of molecular biology and genetics. In addition, this concept of CRISPR was foreign to me but after hearing the podcast, I feel that CRISPR can bring many innovations which can benefits human society. The overall functi...
by jjquintanilla
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:09 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.)

With regards to the writing project, I would like to write on religion and its its views on biology, evolution, and general science. Specifically, I wish to focus on Genetically Modified Organisms and I want to analyze the conservative view of how religious groups feel about the fact that humans now...
by jjquintanilla
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:28 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: 7729

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

The article as a whole was interesting, but one of the main sections which caught my attention was the section dealing with personalized medicine and the negative correlation with pharmaceutical companies. I feel as though this ties with the notion that the foundation of science, which may or may no...
by jjquintanilla
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 6601

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

The reading was interesting as a whole because it brings to surface the issue of defining something as "normal" and others as "abnormal." Though different fields or different perspective view a genetic difference such as abnormal; specifically, those in the field of Biochemistry....
by jjquintanilla
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 7088

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

I think the that the ethical background behind the HGP is caught in a battle or a field of conflict between different groups of people from different backgrounds. One of thing behind this, perhaps when dealing with religion, comes the question or the notion of "playing god" which many may ...
by jjquintanilla
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:35 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)

I thought it was rather interesting to see that microbial and cellular biologist are able to use other organism such as viruses to study the dynamics of cancer. On a different note, the article caught my attention when it mentioned how the medical community has little insight to the progressiveness ...
by jjquintanilla
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:23 am
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 hope to expand my understanding of Biology and how the various aspects of biology affect society; e.g., hopefully to be able to understand the different views that may perhaps exist in this world in regards to the application of genetics in everyday society.

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