BIO 101 Principles of Biology


                                     BIO/101 Week 1 Discussion Question

DQ 1


There are a number of structures (organelles) required to keep a cell functioning correctly. Select two organelles, outline their function and hypothesize what would happen if these structures were not functioning correctly.


DQ 2


Explain how an understanding of basic chemistry might help scientists cure several diseases in the future. Can you identify any areas where understanding body chemistry is a hot topic of discussion today? Please explain your answer.


DQ 3


One of the learning objectives this week is to understand the steps of the scientific method. What are the steps involved in the scientific method? Can you think of an everyday situation to which you may apply the scientific method? Please explain.


BIO 101 BIO/101 Week 1 DQ

Dolly, Dolly, and More Dolly

It all started with a sheep named Dolly. In the mid-1990s, scientists proved convincingly that after decades of trying, we could, indeed, clone mammals — and even possibly, human beings. Unsurprisingly, this discovery was one of the most controversial of the 20th century, and the issue of cloning continues to be just as contentious today.




Learn about cloning, starting with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s excellent Cloning Fact Sheet located at this url:

Then respond to these big issues:


1. What are the risks and benefits of cloning?

2. What are some potential uses for cloning?

3. Could you envision using cloning technology in your own life? If so, how?

4. What are some of the ethical problems with cloning?

5. How do you feel about cloning animals? What about humans?

6. Should cloning be regulated? If so, by whom?


Minimum word count requirement: 350

Be sure to list any citations or references used.

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