Week 11. Recap and Looking Ahead.
Write a primary post of about 125 words on one of the following three topics. Reply to a fellow student on any topic.
Topic 1. Thinking back on what you have learned in this course, discuss
- (a) The single most interesting or surprising thing you learned;
- (b) What made it interesting or surprising?
Topic 2. Read the letter-to-the-editor by Dr. Cox, in which he states an opinion about the use of CRISPR for human gene editing. [This can be found in the Instructor Insights area.]
- (a) In your own words, what is the main point that Dr. Cox is trying to make?
- (b) How can our society reconcile differing views about the ethics of using biotechnology? Explain.
Topic 3. In the article by Zimmer (2017), Kevin Esvelt says that he made a huge mistake by championing the application of a technology that he now says is far too dangerous to actually deploy. In a post of about 125 words, address the following:
- (a) What is the technology that he championed?
- (b) Why does he think it’s too risky to use?
Cox, J. (2017, October 11). Compromise sure beats division. Courier-Record Newspaper [Blackstone, Virginia], p. A4.
Zimmer, C. (2017, November 16). ‘Gene drives’ are too risky for field trials, scientists say. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/science/gene-dr…