Assignment 2: Gene Technology
Due Week 8 and worth 120 points
Gene technology carries with it social and ethical implications—many of which engender personal views and discussion.
Select one (1) of the following biotechnology topics to write about:
Genetically modified crop plants
Genetically modified microorganisms
Genetically modified animals
Personal genomics and / or personalized medicine for humans
Write a four to six (4 to 6) page paper on your chosen topic. Organize your paper into sections corresponding to the following requirements:
Biological basis. Describe the technology. Discuss what it accomplishes. Elaborate on the scientific principles that make this technology possible. Your goal in this section of the paper is to show the instructor that you understand the underlying science behind the technology. Describe how exactly the technology works. Discuss the biological principles that underlie this technology.
Social and ethical implications. Without disclosing your personal view about this technology, provide an analysis of its social and ethical implications. State the ethical concerns apparent in the use of this technology. Discuss the benefits and risks. Your goal in this section is to look at all sides of the issue. In the next section, you will give your opinion.
Personal viewpoint. In the previous section, your goal was to be as objective as possible, to look at all sides of the issues. In this section, your goals are to give a personal opinion about the technology and provide a justification of that opinion.
Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment, in addition to the course text. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources. The body of the paper must have in-text citations that correspond to the references. Integrate all sources into your paper using proper techniques of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, along with proper use of in-text citations to credit your sources.
Topic: Gene Therapy Student`s name: Institution: Date: Advances in recombinant DNA technology in combination with gene cloning techniques have led great impact on research in the medical and agricultural field. Understanding the aspects and processes in molecular biology also opened ways for researchers to apply the knowledge of genes in cellular processes and other biotechnological applications (Patil et al, 2012.). Current techniques such as polymerase chain reaction, somatic cell hybridization, uses of nucleic probes, transgenic, gene editing, and chromosomal hybridization have cause an awesome revolution in the field of medicine especially in developing molecular diagnostics and therapy (Korf&Rehm, 2013). Other bioinformatics tools and applications are also very essential in processing of the biological data and storage. From the biological perspective, genes are controls all the cellular processes and proper body function. However, presence of a defective gene consequently result into an abnormal gene expression that have a negative impact in the phenotype possibly in form of certain genetic disorders or body malfunctions. The idea of manipulatin