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by Selestine
Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 14858

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

Question 1: The models of transmission systems that are responsible with the spread of cultural traits include; the vertical transmission that involves passing cultural traits from parents to offspring, oblique transmission that involves passing cultural traits from any member of an older generatio...
by Selestine
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Looking for members for a group!
Replies: 3
Views: 2961

Looking for members for a group!

Hey, I am interested in joining the group and collaborate in writing the final paper together. My email is scmtei@ucdavis.edu
by Selestine
Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16530

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

The article has been able to address issues regarding epigenetics well. But on the other side, I think that the article hasn't showed/stated clearly what happens if you have a born baby whose father is an alcoholic addict and whose mother has never consumed alcohol completely. What would the kid end...
by Selestine
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16530

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

I found the the article to be interesting especially the part that talks about epigenetic. I would say that the topic about epigenetic will have a profound positive effect to people who think that since they were born having certain traits then its hard for them to change those traits. But now with ...
by Selestine
Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 5771

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

The precautionary principle is the resistance to the introduction of the GMOs since their effects to the human beings are still unknown. And scientists haven’t provided a concrete proof to indicate the short and long-term effects that could be resulted from the GMOs. The environmental effects that a...
by Selestine
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13380

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

My main concern with GMOs is that they should be tested for the short term and long term effects. Scientist should devote most of their times trying to prove that GMOs don't have any effect to the human health in any sense. They should show that eating organic foods and GMOs is just the same thing. ...
by Selestine
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13380

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

I would like to say that I do agree with Roberta Millstein opinion of labeling foods containing GMOs. I think that there are people who are technophobia and they are not ready to consume any foods that result from genetic modification of organisms. I think part of the reason that they might have is ...
by Selestine
Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10173

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

I would like to talk about what I think about cultural evolution. So I do think that cultural evolution is not something to do with biology only. It is significantly being affected by the environment that we live in. So whenever cultural evolution occurs, our surrounding environment plays a key role...
by Selestine
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10824

Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)

I do agree with Alexander when he sees that genetic differences as being crucial to the process of evolution but environmental differences as characterizing the product of that evolution.So I would say that the surrounding environment does have a great impact in changing some of the behaviors/traits...
by Selestine
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14437

Aug 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)

I strongly agree with the cultural evolutionary theories. I would say that it is hard to explain how species have changed in a period of time without using going into details of how cultural inheritance has played its role. I would say that if someone is born with a gene that makes him become rude t...
by Selestine
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14437

Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I really didn't understand about natural selection and cultural inheritance. I would like to hear more about it. Also when Boyd and Richerson suggest that prestige bias can overcome this problem, I really didn't get well his explanations.
by Selestine
Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 5558

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

Griesemer addresses three main points; he speaks of the historical division of biology into sciences. He provides answers to “how” or “why” questions, lead to incorrect impression that only one or the other kind of solution is needed to a given problem. “How” questions are result whenever complexiti...
by Selestine
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:49 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9518

Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)

I usually don’t have problems with the inventions of new technologies that are trying to solve the problems that we are facing in our lives. With CRISPR, a gene editing technology I do think that it will be of significant help in providing best treatments to some genetic diseases such as sickle-cell...
by Selestine
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7127

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

For my writing project I would like to focus much on how the human genome project will offer significant benefits to medicine and scientific research. Also I want to relate how the benefits that will be contributed to medicine and scientific research by the human genome project will help in solving ...
by Selestine
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:43 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

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

I think the of Walter Gilbert was really nice, though I didn't get him when he suggested that big pharmacy companies should start manufacturing personalized medicine since it was a cheaper. Also I do agree with him that people shouldn't be allowed to patent genes since they are not responsible for t...
by Selestine
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7516

Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)

I didn't understand the author when she said, "... that it would be a major scientific advance, and a significant relief to be able to understand disease and proper function on the molecular level..." As of now, what level are the scientist conducting research on diseases? And is the techn...
by Selestine
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9724

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

When reading this article it really helped me figure out how cancer research is conducted. And at first I thought that human cancer when it was researched humans were used as species. But it looks like, right now that is what they want to do since genetic control of cancer seems to be different in d...
by Selestine
Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:44 am
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 would like to obtain a strong basis in philosophy thinking so as I could later apply this knowledge in some other areas in real life.

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