Discuss the various applications of genomics and biotechnology.

SCI 115 DQ

Topic 1. Cooperative relationships between microorganisms.  Gearin (2016) describes cooperative relationships between different  species of microscopic organisms called syntrophy. Answer the following  two questions about this arrangement:

(a) What are the main characteristics of their partnership?
(b) How does each species benefit?

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Gearin, C. (2016, April 20). The search for superorganisms. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/evolution/superorganisms/

SCI115 Assignment

Gene technology carries with it social and ethical implications—many of which engender personal views and discussion.
Select one (1) of the following biotechnology topics to write about:

Genetically modified crop plants
Genetically modified microorganisms
Genetically modified animals
Personal genomics and / or personalized medicine for humans
Gene therapy

Write  a four to six (4 to 6) page paper on your chosen topic.  Organize your  paper into sections corresponding to the following requirements:

Biological basis.  Describe the technology. Discuss what it accomplishes. Elaborate on the  scientific principles that make this technology possible. Your goal in  this section of the paper is to show the instructor that you understand  the underlying science behind the technology. Describe how exactly the  technology works. Discuss the biological principles that underlie this  technology.
Social and ethical implications.  Without disclosing your personal view about this technology, provide an  analysis of its social and ethical implications. State the ethical  concerns apparent in the use of this technology. Discuss the benefits  and risks. Your goal in this section is to look at all sides of the  issue. In the next section, you will give your opinion.
Personal viewpoint.  In the previous section, your goal was to be as objective as possible,  to look at all sides of the issues. In this section, your goals are to  give a personal opinion about the technology and provide a justification  of that opinion.
Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment, in addition to the course text. Note:  Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources. The  body of the paper must have in-text citations that correspond to the  references. Integrate all sources into your paper using proper  techniques of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, along with proper  use of in-text citations to credit your sources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
Include  a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s  name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover  page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment  page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Examine DNA structure, and function, gene expression, and control.
Discuss the various applications of genomics and biotechnology.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in biology.
Write clearly and concisely about biology using proper writing mechanics.

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