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BIO - Written Assignment - Biology and Technology in the Real World




Question;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 worldmake observations and;discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations1. 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 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 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: 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: 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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