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.
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.
When looking at the class in relation to which animals were present and which animals from the Chinese zodiac were missing, two stood out to me: the pig and the rooster. Both of these animals are used in agriculture and common animals that people eat as these animals are pork and chicken respectively. This is not the only reason they stood out to me.
I chose the year of the goat/sheep because it’s my mother’s Zodiac sign and because of my interest in cloning.
After having done research on my own Chinese Zodiac animal, being the Rabbit, I came into this week excited. I genuinely appreciated the information I discovered when researching the Rabbit, and was eager to discover more traits about other animals as well. Regardless of the fact that these Chinese Zodiac symbols weren’t as prevalent within the class, they display a similar aspect when it comes to representation. As a result, I sought to discover more about the sheep and rooster. I say this because of the advances the sheep has projected within genetic engineering and food.
From an evolutionary perspective, monkeys are considered to be the organism most closely related to humans. As a result of their genetic similarity, monkeys are considered a prime research model, especially in the field of neuroscience.