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by JustinN
Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:05 pm
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.)

I worked with Kingsley Gbaidoo #2 This passage explains that Wilson diagrams create an oversimplified description of how information flows in biology. Because of its simplicity, these explanations are widely used when explaining biological concepts to people with basic knowledge of biology. Through ...
by JustinN
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16529

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

I skimmed through an article about social epigenetics and equality and the authors made a case for the responsibility of social institutions in maintaining social equality. From what I got from it, social institutions have control over environmental factors that are out of an individual's reach. I'm...
by JustinN
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16529

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

I was just as surprised as Szyf was in his discovery that he could inject trichostatin straight into the brain and remove the methyl groups that he wanted. I had figured that injecting a chemical that targets methyl groups wouldn't be specific to the desired sites and resulted in overall death. I fe...
by JustinN
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:08 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 find it kind of frightening how much influence labels have over what we buy. Does anyone else find this creepy? I think it's a eerie topic because of the idea that our subconscious has influence on our conscious decisions. As said in the article I posted, "most marketing efforts still forgo ...
by JustinN
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:51 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 think that the middle ground approach is the best way to approach the GMO debate considering the amount of uncertainty in the scientific community over the long term effects of GMO's on human health. One part I didn't like about the article was how Millstein decided to compare regulation of GMO's ...
by JustinN
Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:06 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)

Sober’s models of cultural evolution arrives at the conclusion that biology isn’t the ultimate powerful force when it comes to determining solutions to problems. In general, people will tend to put their faith in biological explanations of problems over social ones because biology tends to look at t...
by JustinN
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10823

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

I think the concept of having students in cultural evolution as being analogous to having children in biological evolution is a good way of describing cultural success in our current environment. Many people attribute cultural successful in terms of the number of followers or suscribers they have to...
by JustinN
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14435

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

I think considering ideas as remixes of other ideas works initially to describe the formation of "new ideas" in well developed cultures with long histories of cooperation and ideas that build off of each other. However, it seems paradoxical to assume that all ideas are remixes of other ide...
by JustinN
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14435

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I enjoyed how the article used a scientific approach to describe how culture changes over generations. I'm a bit confused with Spencer's concept of "a priori" knowledge.
by JustinN
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:23 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 "Tools for Talking" article by James Griesemer reveals the unanswered social implications that are brought up by the Human Genome Project. In order to understand how the social implications came to be neglected, Griesemer distinguishes between "how" and "why" scienc...
by JustinN
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14182

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 JustinN
Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14182

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

I think the point Griesemer is trying to make is shown when he says, "Empowerment of the nonscientist follows from a denial that the scientist has sufficient knowledge to decide social questions." I think he's trying to say that scientists have the means to solve scientific problems but it...
by JustinN
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9518

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

Overall, I think this is good news for the field of genetic engineering. As we said in class, some traits and diseases are controlled by singular genes but more complex traits are influenced by a multitude of genes. I think that the arrival of CRISPR system puts humans in reach of controlling those ...
by JustinN
Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:59 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.)

For my writing project, I intend to discuss how genetic discoveries in the scientific community have influenced popular culture through its depiction in entertainment. I want to do an assessment of how realistic and feasible the gene concepts that appear in popular culture are. I believe that a good...
by JustinN
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:44 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)

It seems like a lot of people are confused with the difference between statistical significance and biological/clinical significance so I looked it up. From what I'm getting, the scientific community is trying to come up with a stronger sense for testing data from experiments for "real world&qu...
by JustinN
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7516

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

I think the author's concern of our society's desire to find an ideal form is an appropriate preface to the topic of genetic engineering. In the realm of experimenting on anything not human, do we ever reach a plant, animal or bacteria that is normal or are we engineering them for our own personal g...
by JustinN
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:03 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)

The HGP is being used in coordination with new technologies that make it easier to understand the molecular differences between cancerous cells and non cancerous cells. As Dulbecco predicted, we have been able to prepare probes for a wide array of genes and quantitatively measure differing levels of...

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