Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection

Anthropology discussion 2

Directions: Answer the following questions/prompts about this week’s lesson in short essay format (1-2 paragraphs), 300 word minimum. All answers should be your own work and in your own words.

Briefly describe Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. What was Gregory Mendel’s contribution to the fields of genetics and evolutionary theory? How does what we know today about genes fit into Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection? The concept of ‘designer babies,’ where the DNA of an embryo is manipulated in order to produce an offspring with particular characteristics, has long been a controversial one. Using what you have learned about evolution and genetics, do you think that this (hypothetical) practice will be harmful or helpful to the continued survival of the human species?

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