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Biology and Technology in the Real World




Written Assignment: Biology and Technology in the Real World;Attachment Preview;writting assignment 2.doc Download Attachment;Written Assignment: Biology and Technology in the Real World;Addresses course outcomes 2 and 3;use knowledge of biological principles to ask relevant questions about the natural world;make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations;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;UMUC Library Subject Guides at;3. Write a 750-1500 page 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, see;;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;;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:;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:


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