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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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Final Paper Proposal

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.

Final Paper Proposal: Re-evaluating the Relationship between Mankind and Nature in the Age of COVID-19

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.

My Final Paper Proposal

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. 

 

The Dragon, the Ox and the Monkey

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?

Week 7: The Unexpected, Potentially Life-Saving Properties of Pig Organs and Chicken Embryonic Stem Cells

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.

My mom the Monkey

    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.

Sheep Beyond Sleep

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.

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