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Research Proposal

I plan to research genetically modified foods and the effects that this scientific advancement has on society. A genetically modified organism is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. GMOs are directly connected to science, technology, and society because science and technology in this case are being used to change a commodity that society requires.In recent years, the prevalence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has been on the rise. They can be used to increase crop outputs and allow for more people to be fed. This is important when a large portion of the world lacks access to an adequate food supply. However, there have been many questions about the safety of GMOs and their production. There are concerns about health risks when it comes to human consumption about with the actual production of the food. My research question is to determine if we should invest in GMOs by weighting the risks of the production of GMO products and the benefit they may have on society.  Continue reading

Darwin’s Long Lasting Impact

Darwin’s impact shows the impact that science can have on the way that people think. As we look back on history, we look to certain notable thinkers who revolutionized the time period they were living in. Martin Luther inspired the Reformation. Galileo and others brought on the scientific revolution. John Locke contributed to the Enlightenment. All of these people helped to change the way people in their field thought about the subject. Darwin’s theory of evolution, however, sparked a change in all of society. His studies of biology helped to explain the world around us like never before. Continue reading

Frankenstein and Scientific Regulation

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is an outstanding novel in the science fiction field. Not only for its thrilling content, but for its underlying messages about the dangers of technology. While curiosity is often considered a good thing in science, Victor Frankenstein took his natural curiosity too far when he decided to create life.

This novel shows the need for regulation and moral codes in scientific and technological fields. In the medical field, doctors take an oath to first do no harm. This is an important code that doctors must adhere to. It is a guiding principle that helps them make decisions in their day to day life. Since lives are at stake, it is important that they have rules and guidelines to help them make important decisions. When Frankenstein was making his monster, lives were also at stake because he was creating a new life in an unnatural way. Since he did not have any sort of rules, he left the monster to suffer. He was disgusted by his creation so he ignored him. Due to his treatment, the monster felt scorned and miserable. This forced him to go on a rampage where other people got killed. Obviously, Frankenstein’s actions had consequences on human life, like a doctors actions do. Therefore, when it comes to science’s involvement of human life, scientist should have to take a similar oath to that of doctors.

This has relevance today too. Science is responsible for keeping thousands of humans healthy. Scientists are responsible for important research about new ways to treat and prevent diseases. Scientists can also use their knowledge for not morally sound actions too. For example, they have the ability to make new chemicals and diseases that are able to hurt people. This is evident with the invention of chemical weapons. Since these scientific creations have to ability to hurt and kill people, scientists should be held to the same standards as doctors today.

 

Technology: A Double Edged Sword

Technology has undoubtedly advanced society on a broad scale. The creation of the internet has connected the world in a way that was impossible before and technological advancements in medicine have saved millions of lives. Given the magnitude of these enhancements, it is easy to overlook the negative impacts technology can have on our lives. Nevertheless, there are many problems created by technology that need to be acknowledged.  Continue reading

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