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by ktoporovskaya
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:21 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.)

Please grade as 25% of the grade Question 2: Griesemer is talking about Wilson and Weismann’s diagrams that were created to depict the causal history from germ cells to somatic cells by Wilson and continuity of germ plasm (molecular material or genes on chromosomes) and the discontinuity of the soma...
by ktoporovskaya
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16528

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

Epigenetics is a very interesting field of research. I find it fascinating how methylation can silence certain genes, which could be passed on to next generations. The effect of this is similar to mutation in the genome. I also think its unfortunate that a child born into this world does not get a c...
by ktoporovskaya
Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 5770

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

By precautionary principle Millstein means that certain choices and opinions that people establish when it comes to new discoveries and technologies are on the safe side, meaning that all possible outcomes are considered and weighted before making a step towards action. When it comes to climate chan...
by ktoporovskaya
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13379

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

I would have to agree with the posts above. Labeling foods gives a negative stigma to the product. We label things like cigarettes and toxins that might be found in things we consume, GMO is likely to fall into that category in consumer's eyes. This would be a terrible outcome because we depend on G...
by ktoporovskaya
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13379

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

I would have to take a middle ground with the author regarding genetically modified foods. My concern in the amount of studying done and the FDA little involvement. The study about the pigs and their immune system elevation was unsettling. But I also understand where genetically modifying companies ...
by ktoporovskaya
Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10171

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

When I immigrated to America I was able to see and feel a huge difference in the culture. It was a great experience adjusting to the new culture in school and friends but going back to my original culture at home and with the family. Though the different practices a subtle there is a lot to learn wh...
by ktoporovskaya
Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6340

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

The two ideas that explain culture are based on evolution and biology. Evolutionary view explains “why” questions of culture. Biology view explains the “how” questions. Social sciences are focused on how questions as the evolutionally biologist answer why the behavior evolved. There is some confusio...
by ktoporovskaya
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10821

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

The author’s topics are evolutionary and social sciences ideas. He credits social sciences for Darwin’s theory of evolution. When it comes to selection there are two influences in a selection process. One, differential fitness, is that the different characteristics can influence individual’s ability...
by ktoporovskaya
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14433

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

The author explains the theory of memes as an attempt to apply evolutionary thinking to culture, drawing an analogy between evolution at the cultural level and biological evolution. Examples of culture are the ideas and techniques. Criticism can occur by pointing out that cultural units are not repl...
by ktoporovskaya
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:38 pm
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.)

The Griesemer article talks about philosophical controversies when it comes to answering how and why questions. He believes that how questions are answered by focusing on mechanisms like genetics and development and physiological research. The how questions are answered by an evolutionary biologist,...
by ktoporovskaya
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14433

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

The term evolution is defined as explaining why species are the way they are and explaining diversity within species. There are different theories that can be applied to explain evolution, one of which is evolutionary psychology where most important inheritance mechanism in all species is genetic in...
by ktoporovskaya
Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14180

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

In the third section Griesemer warns us about the unanticipated outcomes. He emphasized the assumptions we make about the social contexts in which the sequence data will be interpreted. He questions if the scientist be permitted to decide the relation between the gene, body, population and how scien...
by ktoporovskaya
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14180

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

The critique the authors present us with is that science has compartmentalized thinking into two questions: “how” and “why”. Genetics is an example of proximate science where only the question of “how” is being addressed. This leads to a social problem, for example the genetic screening. For it to b...
by ktoporovskaya
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9518

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

First of all the sound effects were awesome. I enjoyed learning the process of discovery of the crispr. I thought it was interesting that it grabed scientist's attention just by having a repeating sequence. It was also amazing how long it took the scientist to find out what does sequence actually do...
by ktoporovskaya
Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7126

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

The topic I choose to write about is genetically modified foods. The reason I chose this topic is because it is something of personal interest to myself. I gathered enough information so I decided to start on the introduction of the paper. I found a few scholar articles, which I can use to write abo...
by ktoporovskaya
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:39 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: 9094

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

I liked how positive this article was. Three things that jumped at me were the future work with the genome. Nobel Laureate expects the price for DNA sequencing to go down with the technological advances. Scientists are also working on personalized medicine that will cater to individuals instead of j...
by ktoporovskaya
Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7516

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

Elisabeth Lloyd brings up philosophical issues with the genome project. Her concern is that a disease will be determined by comparing a perfect organism to others. By looking at the genome we can set standards of what is normal or abnormal. She believes that this issue will impact the way we treat a...
by ktoporovskaya
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9723

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

The article discusses cancer research where the goal is to find its mechanisms. Cancer cells and oncogenic viruses are used as simple models. Expression of the viral gene, which was picked up by cellular genome, is a method used to study cancer. Scientists were able to identify oncogenes and the pro...
by ktoporovskaya
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:47 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 hope to learn and explore biological issues and expand my critical thinking. I am excited to hear other peoples opinions on those issues.

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