2020(S08) Lecture:week 5

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==Challenge: <font color = blue> Scientist, Activist </font color>==
==Challenge: <font color = blue> Scientist, Activist </font color>==
==Homework for Tuesday==
==Homework for Tuesday==
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Read JB chapter.  
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Read the photocopied handout from Jon Beckwith's book, "Making Genes Making Waves." <br>
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This chapter was chosen for you to read because it includes several important lessons drawn from the author's personal history and his career development. The chapter also includes some important scientific content about bacteriophage and E. coli's lac operon. Near the conclusion, it presents a rare, first-hand account of an emerging technology, namely direct gene manipulation, that was immediately recognized for its pioneering and frightening possibilities. As described in this chapter, Jon Beckwith's scientific work enabled the lacZ gene from E. coli to be purified, making the ability to purify any gene from E. coli seem close at hand. A future in which genes from any kind of cell (prokaryote or eukaryote, e.g. human) might be moved at will from one cell to another was suddenly more realistic than it had ever been.<br>
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'''Spend ~ 1 hour reading the chapter and answering t'''he following questions:
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# '''From pages 16-28:''' Find 1 sentence related to Professor Beckwith's development as a scientist that struck you for its relevance, its surprising nature, its humor, etc. Give the quote and explain its relevance to you.
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# '''From page 28-end:''' In plain language describe what is being shown in
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#* figure 1 panel A
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#* figure 1 panel C
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#* figure 1 panel E.
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#* figure 2, top and bottom of image where there are squiggles
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#* figure 2, middle where there is one thicker line. Be sure to say why the line is thicker.
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#* figure 2 vs figure 3. What has been done to the material in figure 2 to make it appear as it does in figure 3.
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# '''From page 36:''' Comment on the quote, "We have no right to pat ourselves on the back." For example think about:
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#* Why was it said?
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#* Do you agree with the thought?
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#* Would you have said it?
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#* Is there some emerging technology you are imagining this century might similarly "hold dangers for humanity."
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#* Finally, is your thinking affected by the public reaction to the comment ("newspaper headlines warned of the imminent creation of new Frankenstein's monsters.")?
Upload your answers to the following questions into your personal design portfolios that are [https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/20/sp08/20.020/homework/ here]
Upload your answers to the following questions into your personal design portfolios that are [https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/20/sp08/20.020/homework/ here]

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Week 5 Tuesday

Today will be a project work day with your advanced student mentors. You might consider reviewing the project organizer or the requirements for the 3 ideas presentation or the student resources list. There is no lecture log required for today but you should update your project development notebook, electronically if you're keeping it that way, or on paper if that's your preferred style. Your 3 ideas presentation will be one week from tomorrow.

Homework for Thursday

Read CW chapter. Upload your answers to the following questions into your personal design portfolios that are here

Week 5 Studio

Today will be a second project work day with your advanced student mentors. You should organize your progress and task list and thinking in your project development notebook, be it electronic or on paper, depending on your preferred style. Your 3 ideas presentation will be one week from today.
For one hour, the advanced students will discuss a journal article. You are welcome to listen to that presentation/discussion or continue to work independently.

Week 5 Thursday

Challenge: Scientist, Activist

Homework for Tuesday

Read the photocopied handout from Jon Beckwith's book, "Making Genes Making Waves."
This chapter was chosen for you to read because it includes several important lessons drawn from the author's personal history and his career development. The chapter also includes some important scientific content about bacteriophage and E. coli's lac operon. Near the conclusion, it presents a rare, first-hand account of an emerging technology, namely direct gene manipulation, that was immediately recognized for its pioneering and frightening possibilities. As described in this chapter, Jon Beckwith's scientific work enabled the lacZ gene from E. coli to be purified, making the ability to purify any gene from E. coli seem close at hand. A future in which genes from any kind of cell (prokaryote or eukaryote, e.g. human) might be moved at will from one cell to another was suddenly more realistic than it had ever been.
Spend ~ 1 hour reading the chapter and answering the following questions:

  1. From pages 16-28: Find 1 sentence related to Professor Beckwith's development as a scientist that struck you for its relevance, its surprising nature, its humor, etc. Give the quote and explain its relevance to you.
  2. From page 28-end: In plain language describe what is being shown in
    • figure 1 panel A
    • figure 1 panel C
    • figure 1 panel E.
    • figure 2, top and bottom of image where there are squiggles
    • figure 2, middle where there is one thicker line. Be sure to say why the line is thicker.
    • figure 2 vs figure 3. What has been done to the material in figure 2 to make it appear as it does in figure 3.
  3. From page 36: Comment on the quote, "We have no right to pat ourselves on the back." For example think about:
    • Why was it said?
    • Do you agree with the thought?
    • Would you have said it?
    • Is there some emerging technology you are imagining this century might similarly "hold dangers for humanity."
    • Finally, is your thinking affected by the public reaction to the comment ("newspaper headlines warned of the imminent creation of new Frankenstein's monsters.")?
Upload your answers to the following questions into your personal design portfolios that are here
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