Biology 162 Human Genetics Research Paper
Genetic issues are important in all of our lives. During the past 50 years, our knowledge of genetics has exploded—growing from the discovery of the structure of DNA to the sequencing of all the genes that make up a human. Our deepening understanding of genetics will affect our medical practices, our societal norms, and our underlying ethical foundations. In this project, you will perform an in-depth study of one aspect of genetics with the goal of understanding the roles of genes and the environment, the scientific methods involved, and the impact of social and political views.
A. Upon completion of this project, the successful student will demonstrate: 1.
a detailed understanding of one aspect of genetics;
an ability to effectively communicate complex scientific information; 3.
effective personal time management, organization, and study skills. B. The specific learning objectives involve mastery of concepts presented throughout the course. They include a demonstration an understanding of:
the basic concepts of DNA, genes, gene expression, and heredity; 2.
the methods of genetic analysis;
the impact of genetics on social and political beliefs.
III. Project Format
A. Research Topic
You are free to select any topic related to genetics with the caveat that your topic must be approved by the instructor.
A list of approved topics is attached.
Your topic must be submitted for approval by Thursday, October 21. B. Required Paper Format
Your paper must be typed using Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier 12-point plain-faced font
1-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right)
Name and Paper Title as a header in the top margin on all pages 5.
A title page containing the paper title and your name.
2-3 pages of single-spaced text (the body of the paper).
A literature cited page....
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