This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) is arguably one of the most common proteins used in laboratory research. Its unique glowing feature made this protein both pretty and useful for the advancement of science. GFP was first discovered in 1955 in jellyfish, however it was not until 1962 that Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Y. Tsien discovered the technique to extract GFP from jellyfish for other research purposes.
The relationship between mankind and nature is an interesting one. It represents a love-hate relationship spanning the time period since the conception of humankind. We take from nature, and nature takes something from us. There were many examples throughout history -- from the destruction of Pompeii to the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima -- Mother Nature never ceases to reclaim her territory. With the rise of the COVID-19 back in 2020, it was a stark change from the reality we often know. Shops, schools, and parks were closed.
Microorganisms include fungi, bacteria, and viruses. For this paper I would like to discuss the ways in which we interact with and benefit from the presence of these organisms.
Stem cells. These two words hold so much potential for the future. Stem cell research is still in its early stages of development mostly due to the hesitancy surrounding the ethics of extracting stem cells. But to understand why exactly there is a substantial dilemma, we first need to understand how stem cells are obtained.
Because the dragon is not actually in existence (at least to our knowledge) there are no scientific uses that can be associated with it. So instead, I have picked a random animal that was of a minority usage in this class, yet still yields a wide breadth of scientific knowledge in ecology and biotechnology: the pig.
Family dynamics shape the very core of our beings the second we were introduced to the Earth. The newborn recognizes the mother’s smell and is directly attached to her, the connection is further strengthened through the ritual of breastfeeding. As the mother watches her baby breast feed, she might think: Will this baby turn out to behave like me or dad or a mix of both?
For Week 7, I decided to research the rooster (chicken) and pig because my mother’s Zodiac is a rooster, and my little brother’s Zodiac is a pig. According to the Hox Zodiac, roosters are known to be practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. The vast majority of these qualities indeed apply to my mother. She is very much a perfectionist, neat, conservative and resourceful.
For week 6, I explored my dragon Zodiac sign.
My mother was born in 1968, the year of the monkey, so it seemed the obvious choice for further investigation. Right off of the bat, I saw words like “naughty” and “prankster” and “fearless”, and these words encapsulate my mother’s playful personality. She loves adventure, and she has a broad sense of humor - she loves to joke around. I also saw that monkeys are very intelligent and independent, translating to a successful career in whatever they choose.
I decided to research the signs that we did not talk about and relate them to my family members. I have three sisters so this was an easy task:
Two zodiac animals that are among the minority in our class are the Rat and the Monkey. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Rat was awarded first place in the zodiac ranking due to its quick wit. Setting off very early to give itself maximum time to prepare for the race, the Rat was stopped by a river.
Genetic engineering has been controversial topic since its existence. It has always been a battle of being all natural and organic, efficiencies, and ethics. In this blog, I will be talking about the zodiac animals that were not mentioned in class and are also common livestock.
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I decided to look more into Sheep, Rat, and Ox. I choose these signs because they are a part of my immediate family. My mom’s Zodiac sign is a Rat. My dad’s sign is a Sheep. And my current boyfriend’s sign is Ox. All very different and interesting signs.
As a child, when sheep were mentioned, I always thought about counting sheep to fall asleep, along with one of my favorite cartoons, Shaun the Sheep. I did not associate them with science, the same way that I did with mice or rats. However, as it turns out, sheep are used more and more in scientific research.