Article Critique: Limiting Science

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Randy RobbinsRobbins 1
English 1301
1 August 2011
Mr. Evans
Baltimore, David. “Limiting Science.” The Norton Reader. Ed. Linda Peterson. New York: Norton, 2008. 957-966. Print.
“Limiting Science”, is an article in Norton Reader about society deciding which type of Science to study written by David Baltimore. Baltimore is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who studied different types of biological engineering. He was born on March 7, 1938 in New York City. He attended MIT and the university named after Albert Einstein. He wrote this article about how he believes that society is limiting science. He shows the benefits of using stem cell research to help many humans overcome life threatening diseases. The following is a short summary over his article, an argumentative paragraph about how his information is useful, and finally about the academic uses of his article.

In the article that Baltimore wrote he begins by stating how recombinant DNA is used in biomedical engineering. Then he jumps into the political debate over if this type of research should be allowed. Many people believe that if we continue to fund these types of research there could be unwanted results. They argue that viruses could be invented and that they could spread without control. Or that using biomedical engineering can lead to the cloning of humans. Others believe that if we were to be able to control the human genome then who is to stop dictators and other world powers from trying to make some sort of super human army or even a superior race. The title of the article is answered by Baltimore when he takes a position stating that no matter how hard governments try to stop this type of research it cannot be stopped. His argument is that

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the breakthroughs in one area of scientific research usually come from another type of research. Basically that means that if you wanted to stop stem cell research then you must stop all research. If we ceased all research...
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