Randy RobbinsRobbins 1 English 1301 1 August 2011 Mr. Evans Baltimore, David. “Limiting Science. ” The Norton Reader. Ed. Linda Peterson. New York: Norton, 2008. 957-966. Print. “Limiting Science”, is an article in Norton Reader about society deciding which type of Science to study written by David Baltimore. Baltimore is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who studied different types of biological engineering. He was born on March 7, 1938 in New York City. He attended MIT and the university named after Albert Einstein. He wrote this article about how he believes that society is limiting science.
He shows the benefits of using stem cell research to help many humans overcome life threatening diseases. The following is a short summary over his article, an argumentative paragraph about how his information is useful, and finally about the academic uses of his article. In the article that Baltimore wrote he begins by stating how recombinant DNA is used in biomedical engineering. Then he jumps into the political debate over if this type of research should be allowed. Many people believe that if we continue to fund these types of research there could be unwanted results.
They argue that viruses could be invented and that they could spread without control. Or that using biomedical engineering can lead to the cloning of humans. Others believe that if we were to be able to control the human genome then who is to stop dictators and other world powers from trying to make some sort of super human army or even a superior race. The title of the article is answered by Baltimore when he takes a position stating that no matter how hard governments try to stop this type of research it cannot be stopped.
His argument is that Robbins 2 the breakthroughs in one area of scientific research usually come from another type of research. Basically that means that if you wanted to stop stem cell research then you must stop all research. If we ceased all research than diseases such as cancer may never be cured. Baltimore ends his article saying that he has seen a major drop in the amount of money spent on research. This article points out an important topic that is relevant in today’s society.
If we are able to reproduce organs using stem cell research many people who currently are suffering from a failing heart for example would just need to transplant the heart that was grown from their own stem cells. Imagine if we were able to grow new lungs from the stem cells of one’s lungs. Diseases like Asthma, Emphazema, and Bronchitis would no longer be the cause of deaths because all we would have to do is transplant the new organ. Also we could use this technology to help cure those with cancer.
As we develop new ways to cure or prevent diseases and ailments there will always be those out there who are skeptical and think of the most horrible ways of using the new technology. While it is very useful to have these critics in the end we will be limiting our ability to cure or prevent diseases that have caused several deaths and heartache throughout history, If someone was to use this paper for an academic lesson they could definitely use it to tech a biology class associated with stem cell research.
Alone from this article you could teach about recombinant DNA or DNA in general. You can also teach about the issues in today’s society regarding stem cells. You can even use this article as a way of teaching about the 1975 Nobel Prize winning biologist named David Baltimore. Another point of this Article is the constant struggle between politics and science and for all these reasons one could use this article for many different academic purposes.