Tag Archives: conservation

Transgenics in the news: salmon and pigs

23 Aug

This conversation on PRI’s On Point discusses many issues surrounding transgenic salmon, including biological, conservation, and ethical ones. It presents two good case studies for transgenics.

Biochemistry of digesting transgenes & transgene products

Gene flow, fitness effects of transgene on wild populations

Gene flow, conservation issues and suggested solutions

Transgenics: AquaBounty Salmon and the Enviropig

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Yangtze finless porpoise

26 Jul

Science Mag news article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.329.5990.378

Debates: a source of student motivation

26 Jul

Jonatham Schramm, an ecology PhD doing an education post-doc, floored me with his quiet ability to get students discussing GMOs, mass transit, and consequently, biology, with passion.

I also notice students pipe up to correct peers or instructors like at no other time. I’ve seen 40 minute debates cause astonishing 40 minute gaps in Facebook news feeds.

So, debates! A great activity, because it generates motivation and requires self-directed learning at many levels.

Here’s an example question: Should 40 smuggled tomato frogs be returned to Madagascar?

http://news.sciencemag.org.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/scienceinsider/2010/07/should-smuggled-madagascar-frogs.html

New category!

“Filtering Wildlife”

26 Jul

Science 23 July 2010:
Vol. 329. no. 5990, pp. 402 – 403
DOI: 10.1126/science.1190095