During your study of biology, you may have found a topic you read about to be especially interesting. This assignment gives you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned by doing some research in outside sources and increasing your knowledge of one controversial topic.
 
Select a topic from the following choices:
 
Human stem cells
Genetically modified foods
Climate change
Use of vaccinations
Cloning
Designer babies
 
Consult resources other than the course textbook and this study guide. Examples of resources include other textbooks, journal articles, and reputable websites. Reputable online sources include encyclopedias and university or governmental
 
Never use Wikipedia as a source for a research paper. Prepare a detailed report on the topic you choose, including the following elements: 1. Describe the background and basic issue of your chosen topic. 2. Describe the basic argument of opposing viewpoints. 3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of both views. 4. Choose which view you agree with. (Only in the conclusion) 5. Explain why you agree with that view. Incorporate the information you learned about your chosen topic from this course, but don’t limit your discussion to the textbook and study guide. Take advantage of external resources to provide an in-depth, comprehensive report. GOAL This assignment is designed to help you apply what you’ve learned from your lessons by researching and writing about a controversial topic you’ve studied and to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your written communication, research, and critical thinking skills.
 
 
WRITING GUIDELINES 1. Type your submission, double-spaced, in a Times New Roman font, size 12. Use a standard document format with 1-inch margins. (Do not use any fancy or cursive fonts.) 2. Read the assignment carefully and address the topic suggested. 3. Be specific. Limit your submission to the topic suggested. 4. Use proper APA formatting. Include in-text citations and a reference page in APA style. On this page list websites, journals, and all other references used in preparing the submission. Also include a cover page and in-text citations. For assistance with this project and APA in-text citations and references, please see the Biology page in the Penn Foster Virtual Library: http://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/c.php?g=589955 5. Proofread your work carefully. Check for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization.
 

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