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 http://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, see http://www.umuc.edu/library/guides/apa.html.

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.

750 words


Biology Questions

1.The plural of villus (hair) is ____________ whereas the plural of diagnosis is ____________

villuses, diagnosises.

villi, diagnoses.

villus, diagnosis.

villi, diagnosis.

villuses, diagnosis.

2.Three common components of a feedback loop are

a stimulus, an integrating (control) center, and an organ system.

a stimulus, a receptor, and an integrating (control) center.

a receptor, an integrating (control) center, and an effector.

a receptor, an organ, and an organ system.

a receptor, an integrating (control) center, and an organ system.

  1. The ____________ is defined as a healthy male 22 years old, weighing 70 kg (154 lb), under no environmental stress, and consuming 2,800 kilocalories (kcal) per day; whereas the ________ is the same except for a weight of 58 kg (128 lb) and an intake of 2,000 kcal/day.

normal man, normal woman

normal male, normal female

average man, average woman

average male, average woman

reference man, reference woman

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  2. Stereoscopic vision provides

opposable perception.

color perception.

depth perception.


walking upright.

  1. The constant appearance of new strains of influenza virus is an example of

a model.


selection pressure.



  1. _____________ is the view that not everything about an organism can be understood or predicted from the knowledge of its components; that is, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.






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  2. Most primates are ________________, meaning they live in trees.






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  2. The terms physics, physiology, and physician come from a term that ___ proposed to distinguish natural causes from supernatural causes.






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  2. The lexicon of standard international anatomical terms

is called Terminologia Anatomica (TA).

is called Nomina Anatomica (NA).

is formed from thousands of English word roots.

is formed from thousands of Italian word roots.

is formed from thousands of French word roots.

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  2. Hypercalcemia means

elevated calcium levels in blood.

lowered calcium levels in bone.

elevated sodium levels in blood.

elevated calcium levels in bone.

lowered calcium levels in the blood.

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  2. ___________________ was the first to publish accurate drawings of the body, and is thus regarded as “the father of modern anatomy.”





van Leeuwenhoek

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  1. Feeling structures with your fingertips is called _________, whereas tapping on the body and listening for sounds of abnormalities is called ____________

palpation; auscultation.

auscultation; percussion.

percussion; auscultation.

palpation; percussion.

percussion; palpation.

  1. The principal theory of how evolution works is called

natural pressure.

selective pressure.

darwinian pressure.

natural adaptation.

natural selection.

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  2. Which of the following was an adaptation evolved in connection with human upright walking?


thumbs fully opposable

stereoscopic vision

color vision

spinal and pelvic anatomy

  1. The process of using numerous observations to develop general principles and predictions about a specific subject is called

experimental design.

deductive method.

inductive method.


statistical testing.

  1. Which of the following lists levels of human structure from the most complex to the simplest?

organelle, cell, tissue, organ, organ system

organ system, organ, cell, tissue, organelle

organ system, organelle, tissue, cell, organ

organ system, organ, tissue, cell, organelle

organ, organ system, tissue, cell, organelle

  1. Taking apart a clock to see how it works is similar to ____________ thinking about human physiology.






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  2. Which of the following lists examples of body structures from the simplest to the most complex?

mitochondrion, connective tissue, protein, stomach, adipocyte (fat cell)

protein, mitochondrion, adipocyte (fat cell), connective tissue, stomach

mitochondrion, connective tissue, stomach, protein, adipocyte (fat cell)

protein, adipocyte (fat cell), stomach, connective tissue, mitochondrion

protein, stomach, connective tissue, adipocyte (fat cell), mitochondrion

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  2. Negative feedback loops are


not homeostatic.

associated with “vicious circles.”

self-amplifying cycles.


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  1. Humans are born before their nervous system have matured, which is traceable to

their inability to regulate body temperature.

skeletal adaptations to bipedalism.

the arboreal habits of early primates.

the conditions of modern civilization.

the diet of early species of Homo.

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Biology Case Study

  1. SCIENCE:  what exactly happened genetically (do not list symptoms) to the the first generation women when they were given the DES?   EXPLAIN.


  1.  LEGAL :  could any of these groups  SUE?

which ones?

WHAT SHOULD the argument be if they sue?

Who would  win? WHY?

What should the settlement be (not just money)?

What group should have stepped in and stopped this? and HOW?

  1. ETHICAL: Were the doctors who gave this to women responsible for what happened to them and subsequent generations?  WHY or WHY NOT?
  2. Why did these women take an unknown substance?
  3. This has happened very few times in medical history.  Find one example that has happened recently and tell me about it
  4. A new area of genetics called EPIGENETICS (page 134) has recently given an explanation about what might have happened.  What isepigeneticsand how does it fit into the case?


  1.  future of DES.  Do you think this could go on for many generations in the future.  EXPLAIN.


8 find a family  that has been affected by DES and write their story.


  1. the worst thing about this is it will follow generations and we aren’t sure how it will affect them. Look at the chart and make a prediction what you think happen in the future.


There is a chart, reading and information about all generations on page 141 but the questions above need research to answer, and I am attaching it here.

Unit III Homework Blood Typing


Blood typing is critical in medicine. If a person receives the wrong type of blood, they can die. The purpose of this virtual lab is to allow you to simulate determining the blood type of three patient. You will then have to decide what type of blood to give your patients. Good luck; hopefully, you will save lives.




  1. Determine blood types that blood groups can receive.




Computer with internet access




Go to Nobelprize.org: The Blood Typing Game at http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/landsteiner/


  2. Click on MAIN MENU, and read the three tutorials.
  3. Click on START PLAYING. Follow the instructions in the lab to answer the following questions. Select the patients in order from left to right. You will have to drag the needle to the patient’s arm and then put the blood in the tubes to determine the blood type.
  4. Type all answers directly on the data sheet.
  5. Select Save As, and use your last name and student ID as a file name.
  6. Upload the data sheet as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file when finished.


Questions: Questions 1-10 are short answer questions and should be answered in complete sentences. Total: 100 points


  1. What type of blood does patient 1 have? (10 points)


  1. List ALL blood types that can be given to a patient with the type of blood that patient 1 has.

(10 points)


  1. What type of blood does patient 2 have? (10 points)


  1. List ALL blood types that can be given to a patient with the type of blood that patient 2 has.

(10 points)


  1. What type of blood does patient 3 have? (10 points)


  1. List ALL blood types that can be given to a patient with the type of blood that patient 3 has.

(10 points)


  1. What is the universal blood donor? (10 points)


  1. What is the universal recipient? (10 points)


  1. Can Rh- blood be given to a person with Rh+ blood? (10 points)


  1. Can a person with type O blood receive any other blood type besides type O? (10 points)



Create a 2- to 3-page document in Microsoft Word for providing answers to questions in the following review sheets:

Support your responses with examples.

Cite any sources in APA format.

Week 5 – Review Sheet

Exercise 1: Moist and dry heat

1.  How are microorganisms destroyed by moist heat? By dry heat?


2.  Are some microorganisms more resistant to heat than others? Why?


3.  Is moist heat more effective than dry heat? Why?


4.  Why does dry heat require higher temperatures for longer time periods to sterilize than does moist heat?


5.  What is the relationship of time to temperature in heat sterilization? Explain.



Exercise 2: The autoclave


1. Define the principles of sterilization with an autoclave and with a dry heat oven.


2. What pressure, temperature, and time are used in routine autoclaving?


3. What factors determine the time period necessary for steam-pressure sterilization? Dry-heat oven sterilization?


4. Why is it necessary to use bacteriologic controls to monitor heat- sterilization techniques?


5. When running an endospore control of autoclaving technique, why is one endospore preparation incubated without heating?


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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