Discussion: Flow of Genetic Information

Week 7 Discussion: Flow of Genetic Information

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 17, pages 714-734
  • Lesson

E-BOOK: Bauer, R. C., Birk, J. P., & Marks, P. (2019). Introduction to chemistry. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Initial Post Instructions
In the news, we often hear examples of how DNA or the transfer of genetic information impacted someone’s life. Examples range from DNA fingerprinting to genetically engineered organisms to an individual with a genetic disease. In each of these scenarios, the structure of nucleic acids and the flow of genetic information through mRNA to protein are involved. Using an example from the news or a scholarly article, describe how the structure of DNA or the transfer of genetic information impacted someone’s life. Be sure to use at least one source and include at least one APA formatted citation.


Genetics is a rapidly evolving area of science. Each year advances in genetics bring exciting new technologies to the market. Areas such as forensics, genealogy, and healthcare have all been affected by new genetic technologies. Choose a genetic technology and report on how this technology is affecting or will effect our lives. Give at least one outside source and cite in APA format.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Possible follow-up topics:

  1. Choose a specific biomolecule found in your diet. What is the source and purpose of this biomolecule?
  2. Choose one of your peers postings on an application of genetics. What are some of the political, social, economic, or ethical ramifications of this technology?
  3. Designer babies are rapidly becoming possible with advances in technology. Discuss with your peers the possible benefits and downsides of this technology. Support your positions with APA formatted citations.

Writing Requirements

  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references (minimum of 1 scholarly source)


Initial Post Content: Addresses all aspects of the initial discussion question(s), applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding regarding all weekly concepts.

Evidence & Sources: Integrates evidence to support discussion from assigned readings** OR online lessons, AND at least one outside scholarly source.*** Sources are credited.*

Professional Communication: Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).


Credited means stating where the information came from (specific article, text, or lesson). Examples: our text discusses…., The information from our lesson states…, Smith (2010) claimed that…, Mary Manners (personal communication, November 2017)…

**Assigned readings are those listed on the syllabus or assignments page as required reading. This may include text readings, required articles, or required websites.

***Scholarly source – per APA Guidelines, only scholarly sources should be used in assignments. These include peer-reviewed publications, government reports, or sources written by a professional or scholar in the field. Wikipedia, Wikis, .com websites or blogs should not be used as anyone can add information to these sites. For the discussions, reputable internet sources such as websites by government agencies (.gov) and respected organizations (.org) can be counted as scholarly sources. Outside sources do not include assigned required readings.

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