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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daily Quiz

March 25

1. FQ: Name 1 of the 5 guiding ethical principles which are considered relevant to the social implications of emerging technologies.

2. Proteins that contain a zinc atom and are shaped like an index finger which help read the DNA software are called _____?

3. What natural technique do bacteria perform to coordinate the behaviors of their cell populations?

4. What was the first organism to be modeled in precise detail?

5. What was the name of the Japanese project to turn Mycoplasma genitalium into a computer-simulated version of the cell?

6. What is the trophy won at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, and what is the significance of its shape?

7. What benefits might come from new amino acids not present in nature?

8. What informational development has enabled everyone's opportunity "to play with the software of life"? 

1. (Public beneficence, responsible stewardship, intellectual freedom and responsibility, democratic deliberation, justice and fairness) p.156. 2. (zinc fingers) p.150. 3. (quorum sensing) p.148. 4. (Mycoplasma genitalium). 5.  E-Cell Project (pg 141). 6. large aluminum Lego brick that symbolizes the belief that life can be built by snapping together subroutines (pg 146). 7. Resistance to viral infectcions, deepened understanding of fundamental biology and of life-151. 8. The democratization of knowledge and the rise of "open-source biology"-155


Virtual Physiological, Human Brain Project - 140

"electronic cell" - 141

Stanford modeling project - 143

Playful iGEM projects - 149

DQ: Do you share Venter's hopes for the future manipulation of the software of life? 

DQ: Is the question of  what it means to be human fundamentally a scientific question, to which an empirical answer can be engineered?

DQ: Do you think Asimov's Laws of Robotics address the major ethical and precautionary reservations people have about synthetic biology?

DQ: Should there be a moratorium on studies that might be abused by terrorists? Do the benefits of the work outweigh the risks of terror? (153)

DQ: How does "synthetic biology free the design of life from the shackles of evolution"? Would that be a good thing? (154)

DQ: How should we regulate "biohackers" and "biopunks" (155) and achieve an appropriate "balance" (156)?

DQ: Do you think Venter and his peers adequately appreciate the ecological fragility of "biodiversity" (157)?

DQ: Do you worry about a new "Frankenstein"? (156)

DQ: Are you a Luddite? Do you agree with Isaac Asimov? Do you anticipate a golden age of Enhancement, building on the efforts of Venter? (158)

DQ: Where do YOU draw a line between scientific freedom and national security?

link: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/10/us/a-nation-challenged-bioterrorism-obtaining-anthrax-is-hard-but-not-impossible.html

The link is about bioterrorism and how it is difficult to perform yet not impossible. 

(DQ)-How do you feel about turning bioengineering and alterations of DNA into a commercial competition? Is this a clever ploy to draw out creativity, or making light of the importance of these vital systems?

Here is a link interviewing some of the contestants in iGEM: http://vimeo.com/10043261

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