Biology and Technology in the Real World

Biology and Technology in the Real World

recognize and explain how the scientific method is used to solve problems.
make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations.
weigh evidence and make decisions based on strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge and the scientific method.
use knowledge of biological principles, the scientific method, and appropriate technologies to ask relevant questions, develop hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, interpret results, and draw conclusions.

Vaccines. Your friend is worried about the many vaccines that his newborn son is scheduled to receive and asks you for advice since you are taking a biology course. You decide to create a presentation to help him understand vaccines. Start with an explanation of how vaccines work. Briefly contrast the traditional methods used to create vaccines with more recently used biotechnology techniques. Then list some of the diseases that babies and children in the US are routinely vaccinated against. How have vaccinations impacted the frequency of these diseases over the past 100 years? Why are some people worried about giving their children vaccines? Is there scientific evidence to support these concerns? Conclude with advice to your friend in regard to getting the recommended vaccines based on what you learned from reliable information sources.