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by lgomez
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9097

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

I myself went through a phase of "why do we even care about 'soft' sciences, biology is clearly superior" and it took me a while and a bit of experience to come out of it. This article helped give me concrete examples of just how and why we need both sciences. This is similar too to Griese...
by lgomez
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12379

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

I really enjoyed the discussion around memes. I've borne witness to the creation and subsequent fade of several memes, and I have to agree that they undergo change quite rapidly. Often times they'll mean something completely different a week later. What once was serious has turned into satire or som...
by lgomez
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12379

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

This must be the first time I've considered cultural evolution. I've heard the term before, but never gave thought into how it must work until now. This is a very interesting article.
by lgomez
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11899

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

I really do understand his reservations or critiques surrounding the social application of the HGI. Even as a molecular geneticist, I feel that we do not have the required training to really step into that field.
by lgomez
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11899

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

I think I have trouble delineating between proximate and ultimate problems in a scientific context? Like just where to draw the line between an explanation solely concerned with the system and one thoroughly embedded in context. I'll probably need more examples.
by lgomez
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:25 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: 7755

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

Having done a bit of research in genetics labs myself, the "explosion of scientific manpower" is something I've witnessed myself. I've seen how much some graduate students struggle to get published and the emphasis put upon it, so I certainly resonate with that.
by lgomez
Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13604

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

Epigenetics definitely seems like a fascinating field in this article. While it did talk about how it could be applied, I don't know how eager we should be to change something so drastic. It definitely feels as if we need to have a lengthy debate in the scientific community over to what extent we sh...
by lgomez
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 8164

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

I think moving forward the scientific community has an obligation to really investigate the mechanism behind CRISPR and determine to the best of their ability just how exactly it works. The accessibility of the technique holds promise; some labs don't use the editing function of the enzyme and inste...
by lgomez
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5819

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

I've been thinking over what I might write for my project, and I think I've decided to write an op-ed on science advocacy and communication with the public. I feel that often times results and their implications are poorly communicated with the general public, much to the detriment of their percepti...
by lgomez
Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

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

I found that Lloyd has very good points about what scientists consider a disease. Especially the case about fibrocystic breast disease. But this piece reminded me also of how some things we consider normal may have been abnormal in the past. For example, the trait giving a human 6 fingers is dominan...
by lgomez
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:24 pm
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)

As the author mentioned, the HGP had the potential to be instrumental in cancer research, specifically by creating a reference sequence to which abnormalities could be compared. However a few problems pop up. Firstly, knowing the sequence is a shade different from knowing what it does. While the let...

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