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Papers On Genetics & Paleontology
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The Myth of Frankenstein
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More focused upon scientific issue than upon the classic sci-fi novel, this 4 page research paper refutes Mary Shelley's premise that scientists will some day create life through brain transplants and other methodologies touched upon in her story. Parallels are made between genetics and the 'Power of God' as well as issues concerning the existence of the human soul. Bibliography lists 3 sources which support the writer's thesis that there is more to 'life' than the brain.
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Science Museums on the Internet: As good as the real thing
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A comparison of online museums with physical museums. Observed is the Marian Koshland Science Museum on the Washington, D.C. mall, compared to its own website. The piece makes a very favorable comparison between the two, but posits that they both support public policy for DNA testing. Bibliography lists 3 sources. jvIntMus.rtf
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“Cloning Can Help Humans and Animals”
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A 7 page critique of the article “Cloning Can Help Humans and Animals” by authors Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell, and Colin Tudge. These authors support the practice of cloning, contending that part of its positives impacts relate to the reduction of genetic drift in endangered animal populations. This paper notes that there are other considerations of cloning which must be made in regard to their impact on human populations. No additional sources are listed.
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“Creation science and theories of evolution”
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A five page paper which looks at the creation scientists’ theories of the origins of the universe and life on earth, as delineated in the Christian Bible, and the way in which these relate to other theories such as the Big Bang, Darwin’s explanation of natural selection, and the evidence of fossil records. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: JLcreati.doc

“Ethical Considerations Relating to Gene-Mapping and Associated Scientific Research”
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A ten page paper which considers the ethical implications of the Human Genome Project and related forms of scientific research including genetic selection and engineering. The writer looks at the relationship of religion and moral philosophy to the parameters of bioethics and the guidelines set out in the UNESCO Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: JLgenetics.wps

“Gattaca”: A Review of the 1997 Science Fiction Movie
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A 5 page overview of the plot and underlying message of the Columbia Pictures movie by director-writer Andrew Niccol. Outlines the main events of the movie noting the intense philosophical examination of the potential horrors of genetic engineering. Enticingly presents the questions of whether “perfect” genes indeed make an individual “perfect” and whether the human spirit is stronger than genetic code. Bibliography lists 2 sources. PPgattac.rtf
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“Genetic engineering and Huxley’s Brave New World”
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A paper which looks at the developments in the current techniques of genetic engineering, the social and ethical issues involved in monitoring such techniques, and the way in which these concerns can be related to the themes of Brave New World.
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“Our Posthuman Future (Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution)”: A Discussion of the Concerns Expressed in the Book by Francis Fukuyama
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A 5 page discussion of the many considerations encompassed by biotechnology. Genome studies, in particular, present a number of concerns, both philosophical concerns and ethical concerns. These same studies, however, present phenomenal possibilities for our future, possibilities which have the potential to be far more positive than negative in their overall manifestations. Such applications, however, must proceed carefully and in the existence of strict international regulation. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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“The Littlest Human”
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A 3 page paper which examines an article in Scientific American which relates to a finding of remains of a small race of people, “The Littlest Human.” No additional sources cited.
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"Extinct Humans" by Tattersall and Schwartz
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A 5 page review of Tattersall and Schwartz'' book "Extinct Humans." This book provides an intriguing look at the evolution of man, arguing that there were actually more than fifteen species of man throughout evolution, many of them existing side by side in the past. No additional sources cited.
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"Genetic Turning Points" by James C. Peterson
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A 5 page paper which summarizes and outlines two particular points made in James C. Peterson's book "Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention." Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.
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Adarand v. Pena
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This 8 page paper provides an overview of the Supreme Court case of Adarand v. Pena. The case of Adarand v. Pena (1995) underscores some of the central arguments both for and against affirmative action initiatives, and provides some insight into the conflicts that have arisen from seeking affirmative action initiatives in particular situations. This case also suggests the underlying reasons for changes in affirmative action policies in recent years. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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