Instruction: Innovations in Biology and Technology

This assignment is an opportunity for students to dive more deeply into a topic they’d like to learn more about.  It can be very satisfying to gain an understanding about a topic that may be challenging!

Please review the example of Assignment 2 provided in the Content area. 

Summary of Instructions:

In this assignment students will be creating a presentation on innovations in biology and technology. students will be submitting it into their assignment folder as a video link of a narrated PowerPoint or Slides presentation, and a Word document of your narration (your “speaker’s notes) which will be reviewed for similarity by Turnitin. Instructions on how to complete this procedure can be found below.

This assignment 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.

The final submission should include 3 items:

1. Power Point Presentation of Topic with 12 slides

2. Document with Speaker Notes (word document or pdf)

3. Link to YouTube video of Power Point with Narration or

Below are detailed instructions on how to complete the assignment.

1. Select one of the five topics below. (Vaccines, Personal Genomics, CRISPR, Bioprinting, or Human Caused Global Climate Change)

· b) Personal Genomics. Services like  23andMe  and  Ancestry  have made it possible – even popular – for the average person to obtain in-depth information about their genome, including details like food allergies, drug sensitivities, and disease risks.  There are even add-on sites that will take this information and generate elaborate reports, such as Promethease.

· Describe how this data is obtained, and what it actually includes. Start your explanation with a basic description of DNA and how genes control our traits (the Central Dogma).

· Use information from the course readings, at least one service provider (e.g., 23&Me, Ancestry), and additional information resources.

· What are the advantages and disadvantages of this easy, rapid, and affordable access to genomic data?

·  What are the social implications, in terms of benefits and risks?

· Is Genome Privacy (restricting access to an individual’s private genomic data) a potential issue, and if so, how?

· If you, or someone you know, have had your own genome analyzed, discuss the thought process that led you (or them) to do so, and share how you felt when you found your results.

· If you haven’t, discuss why or why you would not want to have this information.

2.  Find at least five articles related to one of the topics chosen from above (You can find assistance with searching for articles at the UMGC Library Subject Guides at )

3. Create a narrated PowerPoint presentation. The presentation should be between 4 – 7 minutes long (maximum).

Download the desktop version of PowerPoint on your computer if you have not already. This is needed to add narration. All UMGC students can download Office 365, including Power Point, for free: 

**** Students need to submit a narrated PowerPoint presentation as a video and can use whatever format they are comfortable with. For example Zoom Screencastify. , Vimeo, Loom, YouTube are all fine. (Instructions below). Students may also submit the

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