You are currently learning about DNA and genetics. If you were to do an internet search of various terms you see in these chapters, you might be surprised about how much these topics are in current news stories. Often, these stories raise complex questions that encompass both science and ethics. Your discussion assignment is to find a current news article (published within the last 6 months) that deals with DNA, genetic testing, genetic engineering, etc... Post the link to the article, and give a BRIEF synopsis (no more than a paragraph) IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Once you have given the information about the article, share your opinion on the topic. Does the article raise interesting/exciting/scary questions? Does it deal with something you feel would be very helpful to us in the future, or dangerous (or possibly even both???)
Again, the article should be current and in the popular press, not a Wikipedia article or something from a CDC/government/university/textbook website. Go for newspapers, news/science magazines, etc.
Examples of websites you CAN use: The New York Times, Time Magazine, Scientific American, The L.A. Times, Popular Science, Discover Magazine
Examples of websites you CANNOT use: Wikipedia (a resource but not “news”), cdc.gov (a great resource, but again, not “news”), naturalnews.com (or any other conspiracy-theory quackery blog…)
Finally, let’s try to be original…If EVERYONE hits Google and searches DNA Fingerprinting, then chooses the first article that comes up, I will get VERY bored while grading…Find me some interesting stuff!
There is not an official length requirement for this assignment, but I expect the topics to be covered thoughtfully and thoroughly (translation: a couple of sentences isn’t going to do it). Be sure you use complete sentences, proper spelling and grammar.