Search the Capella library or the Internet for an article from a reputable source about a specific genetically modified organism, such as one of the following (you are welcome to choose topics outside of this list):
- Canola oil.
- Animal feed.
- Golden rice.
- Sugar beets.
- Growth hormones.
- Follicle stimulating hormone.
Read the article and write a summary of its contents. Address all of the following in your summary:
- What article did you read? Why did you choose this article?
- What are the main points presented in the article? What message is the author trying to communicate?
- What is gene of interest (being modified) and what is the purpose of this gene? Which organism is the gene inserted into, and what is the intended result of expressing this gene?
- How are microorganisms that normally affect the immune system, such as bacteria or viruses, used beneficially as tools in biotechnology?
- What are the pros and cons of this technology?
- What do other sources of information say about the same concepts presented in the article? Are there discrepancies between the information in the article and that from other sources?
- Where in your life (or in the life of a friend or family member) might the application of this form of biotechnology apply?
Your article should be from a reputable source and should meet all of the checklist items in the Source Evaluation Form. Complete an evaluation of your article, using the appropriate Source Evaluation Form (linked in the Resources under the Capella Resources heading). Download the form and answer the questions.
- Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
- Format: Either submit both the bioengineering paper and the completed Source Evaluation Form, or write a paragraph in your paper addressing the questions from the form.
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
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Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:
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- AIDS is a disease that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which alters the immune system and makes people much more susceptible to diseases and infections. This presentation will help you learn more about this immunodeficiency.
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- This presentation examines different types of cells and how the body works at a cellular level.
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- This presentation looks at various systems and functions that will be addressed in this course. Review the sections on immunity and DNA biology.
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The following videos have been purchased for use in this Capella course through Films Media Group. Any distribution of video content or associated links is prohibited. Click the links to view the following FMG videos:
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
- Wohlers, A. E. (2013). . Politics and the Life Sciences, 32(1), 73–84.
- Freedman, D. H. (2013, September). Scientific American, 309(3), 80–85.
- Ahluwalia, K. B. (2009). . Delhi, IND: New Age International.
- Chapter 1, "The Pre-Mendelian Era and Mendelism."
- Chapter 14, "The Structure and Replication of DNA."
- Chapter 21, "Human Genetics."
- Chapter 23, "Recombinant DNA Technology."
- Chapter 24, "Applications of Recombinant DNA Technology."
- Brooks, A. (2007). . Delhi, IND: Global Media.
- "Lymphatic System and Immunity."
- Rogers, K. M. A., Scott, W. N, Warner, S., & Willis, B. (2011). . Maidenhead, GBR: Open University Press.
- Chapter 11, "The Immune and Lymphatic Systems."
- Singh, S. P., & Tomar, B. S. (2008). . Meerut, IND: Global Media.
- Chapter 17, "Nucleic Acids."
- Chapter 18, "Genetic Code."
- Chapter 24, "Genetic Engineering."
- Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2002). (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Author.
- Chapter 9, "Immune System."
- Van De Graaff, K. M., & Rhees R. W. (2001). . New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
- Chapter 17, "Lymphatic System and Body Immunity."
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the to help direct your research.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. These resources are available from the . When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.
- Ireland, K. A. (2012). Visualizing human biology (4th ed.). Danvers, MA: Wiley.
- Chapter 9, "Immunity and the Lymphatic System." We are regularly exposed to disease-causing pathogens. Without our awareness, our immune system is constantly preventing, detecting, and fighting these health threats. This chapter explains what is happening inside you when you catch a cold or have a bacterial infection.
- Chapter 10, "Infectious Disease and Epidemiology." This chapter dives into the topic of epidemiology and considers some contemporary infectious diseases. It will also discuss antibiotic resistance and why this is a topic of concern.
- Pages 570–607 of Chapter 20, "Inheritance, Genetics, and Molecular Biology." This chapter will discuss methods and applications of biotechnology.