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Written Assignment: Biology and Technology in the Real World
Addresses course outcomes 1-4:

recognize and explain how the scientific method is used to solve problems

make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific
explanations

weigh evidence and make decisions based on strengths and limitations of
scientific knowledge and the scientific method

use knowledge of biological principles, the scientific method, and appropriate
technologies to ask relevant questions, develop hypotheses, design and conduct
experiments, interpret results, and draw conclusions
1. Select one of the topics listed below.
2. Find at least two information sources related to the topic. You can find assistance with
searching for articles at the UMUC Library Subject Guides at
httpss://libguides.umuc.edu/science.
3. Write a 750-1500 word paper, excluding references and title page. You must read the
information sources that you find and summarize the information in your own words,
addressing each of the questions and expectations for your chosen topic. Extensive quotes
from the article are discouraged. Use APA style for citing references, see
httpss://www.umuc.edu/library/guides/apa.html.
4. Post your assignment to your Assignments folder by the due date listed in the course
schedule.
Topics (select one)
a) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What is the purpose genetic engineering of
crop plants and domestic animals? Briefly explain how GMOs are created. What foods in
your supermarket contain GMOs? Are foods that contain GMOs safe for human
consumption? What types of regulations exist for these foods? Clearly explain your
reasoning for each answer. The following website from FDA regarding GMO regulation
may be helpful: httpss://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm352067.htm