Week 7 Discussion: Flow of Genetic Information

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 17, pages 714-734
Weekly Concepts

Initial Post Instructions
Option 1:
In the news, we often hear examples of how DNA or the transfer of genetic information impacted someone’s life. Examples range from DNA fingerprinting to genetically engineered organisms to an individual with a genetic disease. In each of these scenarios, the structure of nucleic acids and the flow of genetic information through mRNA to protein are involved. Using an example from the news or a scholarly article, describe how the structure of DNA or the transfer of genetic information impacted someone’s life. Be sure to use at least one source and include at least one APA formatted citation.
Option 2:
Genetics is a rapidly evolving area of science. Each year advances in genetics bring exciting new technologies to the market. Areas such as forensics, genealogy, and healthcare have all been affected by new genetic technologies. Choose a genetic technology and report on how this technology is affecting or will effect our lives. Give at least one outside source and cite in APA format.
Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer or the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.
Possible follow-up topics:

Choose a specific biomolecule found in your diet. What is the source and purpose of this biomolecule?
Choose one of your peers postings on an application of genetics. What are some of the political, social, economic, or ethical ramifications of this technology?
Designer babies are rapidly becoming possible with advances in technology. Discuss with your peers the possible benefits and downsides of this technology. Support your positions with APA formatted citations.

Writing Requirements

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references

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