Dr. Stuart Reichler’s Spring 2006 Bio 301L
due 3 November 2006 at 9am
We have discussed the connection between nature and
nurture in class, and almost everyday researchers are finding more
genetic and environmental connections to human traits. As we
learn more about the factors that lead to various traits, we are
gaining the ability to make more accurate predictions about people's
traits based on information such as their genes and environment.
This type of information is already indirectly asked for by insurance companies and doctors when they ask
about the health of your ancestors, and/or where you are from.
Can estimations about someone's risk for a disease
or certain behavior be accurately made? If not, will these types
of estimations ever be accurate? Do these estimations present a
danger? Can a job, insurance or school admittance be denied based
on a prediction of future risk? What should we do with the
information that is being produced about the connection between genes,
environment, and various traits?
If you use
any outside sources to help answer this
question be certain to cite them. Using outside sources is fine,
not citing those sources is plagiarism. This
assignment should not exceed three
homework will be graded on a
scale of 0-3 points. The
typed/word-processed paper should be printed and turned in during class
on November 3, 2006 at
9am in class. I will subtract 0.5
points for each day late.
If you have any questions, please ask.