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Biology and Technology in the Real World

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Hide Folder Information;Folder;Biology and Technology in the Real World;Instructions;Written Assignment: Biology and Technology in the Real World;Addresses course outcomes 1-4;recognize and explain how the scientific method is used to solve problems;make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations;weigh evidence and make decisions based on strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge and the scientific;method;use knowledge of biological principles, the scientific method, and appropriate technologies to ask relevant;questions, develop hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, interpret results, and draw conclusions;1. Select one of the topics listed below.;2. Find at least two information sources related to the topic. You can find assistance with searching for articles at the;athttp://libguides.umuc.edu/science.;3. Write a 750-1500 word paper, excluding references and title page. You must read the information sources that you;find and summarize the information in your own words, addressing each of the questions and expectations for your;chosen topic. Extensive quotes from the article are discouraged. Use APA style for citing references;seehttp://www.umuc.edu/library/guides/apa.html.;4. Post your assignment to your Assignments folder by the due date listed in the course schedule.;Topics (select one);a) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What is the purpose genetic engineering of crop plants and domestic;animals? Briefly explain how GMOs are created. What foods in your supermarket contain GMOs? Are foods that;contain GMOs safe for human consumption? What types of regulations exist for these foods? Clearly explain your;reasoning for each answer. The following website from FDA regarding GMO regulation may be;helpful:http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm352067.htm;b) Stem cells. Your friend had a spinal cord injury after a bad car accident. The medical team has decided that he is a;good candidate for a clinical trial using stem cell therapy. Your friend has not had a biology course since high;school, so you decide to write him a letter sharing your knowledge of stem cells. Include in your letter a description of;the biology of stem cells and how these cells are unique from other cells. Contrast the different types of stem cells;including pros and cons of each.;Explain how stems cells are can be used to treat diseases and injury, with special focus on spinal cord injuries.;Conclude with your own opinion. The following website from NIH regarding stem cell research will be very helpful;http://stemcells.nih.gov/index.asp.;c) Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and tar sands (oil sands). With society's dependence on nonrenewable fossil;fuels, the oil & gas industry is turning to the use of hydraulic fracturing and tar (oil) sands to extract natural gas and;oil respectively. A friend asks you "What's all this controversy in the news about fracking and tar sands?" Briefly;explain to your friend how hydraulic fracturing and tar (oil) sands are used to obtain these fossil fuels. Then, in more;detail, describe the environmental problems that may result from these processes and why they are controversial.;Issues that may be addressed involves, but are not limited to, water, air and soil pollution, effects on human health;effects on other species and natural ecosystems. Finally, give your opinions on possible solutions to these;environmental problems, with your reasoning backed by the references that you studied. The following websites;from EPA may be helpful: http://www2.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing;Due Date;Hide Rubrics;Rubric Name: Written Assignment: Biology and Technology in the Real World;Criteria;Excellent (90 Good (75 - 89%);100%);89 points;100 points;The;information;obtained from The information;a minimum of obtained from only;three;two information;information;sources is;sources is;summarized and/o;summarized rsome minor;clearly;issues with clarity;accurately and accuracy, and;Content (40 well organized organization of;points);in your own;information and/or;words. All;one information;information;source is not;sources are;credible and/or;credible and relevant and/or;relevant to the re than a few;requirement direct quotes.;for the chosen 30-35 points;topic.;36-40 points;Contribution All questions One of the;(40 points) and;questions or;requirements requirements for;for chosen;chosen topic is not;topic are;addressed,and/or;addressed and minimal;own ideas are description and;expressed;analysis of own;analyzed and;defended;based on;knowledge;learned from;literature;research.;36-40 points;ideas, and/orminim;al connection;between own;ideas and what is;learned from;literature research.;30-35 points;Less than 3;4-7 minor;Grammar/Sp minor;spelling/grammatic;spelling/gram;elling (10;al errors;matical errors;points);7-8 points;9-10 points;All references;listed at the;end, in-text;references are;References included, all;(5 points);references in;correct APA;format.;5 points;Length of;Paper (5;points);Paper is;between 750;and 1500;words;5 points;Overall;Score;Level 4;91 or more;Missing one;reference,and/or;inor problems with;APA;format, and/ormiss;ing in-text;references.;4 points;Paper is between;600-749 or 15011700 words;4 points;Level 3;75 or more

 

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