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  1. Genetically modified organisms – Research various agricultural products currently on the market which have been genetically modified. Pick one to investigate further addressing the following questions/issues: What specifically has been modified with the product? How long has it been on the market? How much of the total genome has been modified? In general, is this product safe? Is there anyway to know if you are eating this product versus the “normal” version? Should consumers be told they are consuming a genetically modified product? What do you think personally about these types of products? Would your position change if you were a vegetarian or an organic gardener, or the owner of a major food chain? List at least one source from your research.

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Part 1: Genetic Disorders

Select a specific Genetic Disorder (i.e. Duane Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Cri du chat, Achondroplasia, Fragile X Syndrome, Hemophilia, Progeria and Tay-Sachs to name a few) and research it further. There are over 40 different Genetic Disorders, please select a specific Genetic Disorder 

Go to the National Human Genome Research Institute or The Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) and research a specific Genetic Disorder.

Title your initial blog post with the specific Genetic Disorder Then share what you have learned about the Genetic Disorder by writing a full paragraph summary (150 words minimum) of what you have learned about the Genetic Disorder including: who is affected, what is the genetic abnormality, what treatments are available and what is the current state of research.

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For your initial post, please visit theAmerican Cancer Society homepage. On the home page, click on “Cancer A-Z”. There is a list of numerous types of cancers. Choose one from the list (or one of your own from another site).

Research the particular type of cancer you chose being sure to address the following questions: Which part of the body is affected? What are some warning signs? Are there any treatments? Approximately how many people are affected with this type of cancer? Are certain people more at risk than others? Is it more prevalent in certain areas of the world?

In addition, what are your thoughts about cancer in general? Does it seem that there are more cases of it in today’s society? If so, why might this be the case? Do you think human-made or natural compounds are more responsible for causing cancers? Do you have any personal experience of knowing someone with cancer? Would you like to share your personal experiences with cancer?

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Part 1: Fermentation

Fermentation is an important process in biology. It is also an important process in which many foods we eat and beverages we drink are made. Now that you have had a chance to study the various ways in which fermentation can be used, you will choose a topic from the table below that uses an organism that undergoes fermentation to produce the desired product and discuss. Find a credible and reliable, scientific resource that augments what you have already learned about fermentation and the product is produces and address the following questions.

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  1. Which food product did you choose?
  2. What does this process involve (describe the method)?
  3. What types of other foods can be prepared using this method?
  4. What type of organism (living creature) is used for this product of fermentation?

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Write an epilogue to ” The Cask of Amontillado” in which a case against Montresor comes to trial.  In your epilogue, provide the prosecuting attorney’s closing argument, reminding the jury of any evidence that proves Montresor’s guilt.  Then provide the defense attorney’s closing argument and describe the jury’s final verdict.

Assignment Requirements:

Your submission must: 

  • include a minimum of 400 words, written in paragraph form.
  • be written in the third-person point of view (academic voice). You may write in the first-person point of view if you want to pretend you are Montresor.
  • be double spaced.  A title page, running head, and abstract are not required.

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In a post of at least 100 words, address the items below:

  • Explain how has your understanding of the American Dream changed as a result of this course.
  • Reflect on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which for many signifies hope. Do you believe there is hope for the American Dream? Choose at least one image from the song lyrics or video that signifies your new understanding of the American Dream.

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First, you’ll need to choose a topic for your final essay, which will be at least 1,000 words in length. This is the topic you will use to create your outline in Week 2 and final essay in Week 3. Choose ONE of the topics below.

Option 1:

The American Dream lecture in Week 1 points out that Poor Richard’s Almanac was an annual publication that included calendar lists, home recipes, weather forecasts etc. What made Franklin’s almanac unlike other almanacs was the inclusion of Franklin’s witty parables and humorous writings.  Franklin proposes in “The Way to Wealth” that anyone who works hard, avoids debt, and works toward attaining a virtuous character can be successful and ultimately wealthy—that the American Dream is accessible to all.

Watch either The Color Purple or The Great Gatsby (locate the films using Netflix, Amazon, or your local library) and argue why or why not Franklin’s assertions are correct. Provide examples from the film and your own explanations to support your assertions. 

Your will have two choices for your thesis statement:

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is incorrect because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs). 

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is correct because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs).

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The American Dream lecture in Week 1 points out that Poor Richard’s Almanac was an annual publication that included calendar lists, home recipes, weather forecasts etc. What made Franklin’s almanac unlike other almanacs was the inclusion of Franklin’s witty parables and humorous writings.  Franklin proposes in “The Way to Wealth” that anyone who works hard, avoids debt, and works toward attaining a virtuous character can be successful and ultimately wealthy—that the American Dream is accessible to all.

Watch either The Color Purple or The Great Gatsby (locate the films using Netflix, Amazon, or your local library) and argue why or why not Franklin’s assertions are correct. Provide examples from the film and your own explanations to support your assertions. 

Your will have two choices for your thesis statement:

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is incorrect because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs). 

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is correct because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs).

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This week’s creative assignment is “Who is the speaker?” Pick one of the three poems (“homage to my hips,” “The Woman Thing,” or “Wild nights – Wild nights!”) and create a 400-word description of the poem’s speaker.  This will require you to use your imagination and develop the character outside of the poem.

Assignment Requirements:

Your submission must: 

  • include a minimum of 400 words, written in paragraph form.
  • be written in the third-person point of view (academic voice).
  • be double spaced.  A title page, running head, and abstract are not required.
  • be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment on the submission page (click title above).  Assignments not submitted in this way may be returned to you ungraded.

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