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Finished__guiding_questions_8.0_science__technology_and_ethics

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Guiding Questions: Foundations of Science Module #8 Science, Technology and Ethics Overview: The advances in biological science have enhanced our lives in many ways especially through the realm of medical science. However, with discovery, knowledge and power come responsibility. More ethical dilemmas are raised in this area of science than any other. In the lecture we will consider some of the great bioethical questions of the day starting with a historical analysis of bioethics in the last two centuries. The reading in this chapter serves as a background to the ethics topics covered in the lecture. Gribben also infers in his text that the discoveries in the field of molecular biology have demonstrated that human beings are nothing special. This view low view of man which has permeated western society, has most likely contributed to the failure of secular ethics to stop man from performing acts which denigrate and demoralize humanity. Reading: Gribbin, Chapter 14 Pearcey, Chapter 10 (pages 222-243) Gribbin, chapter 14, The Realm of life 1 How does Gribbin reason that we are the most complicated entities in the entire universe? He says that on the smallest scale of things, like in atoms there is very little complexity, and on the largest scale of things like inside of stars where complicated molecules are broken apart there is also very little complexity. Humans are at the mid point in size between stars and atoms and so our potential for complexity is the greatest. 2 According to Darwin what was blending inheritance? What were Darwin’s gemmules? Blending inheritance means that when two parents reproduce their offspring is a blend of their characteristics. Gemmules were said to be tiny particles from each cell of the body that were stored in reproductive cells in order to be passed on. 3 What did Schleiden and Schwann discover? They discovered that all living things are made of cells. 4 What did the early cell biologists call the stringy material inside the nucleus? Chromosomes.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course LS 200 taught by Professor Dr.fraisier during the Spring '08 term at Masters CA.

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