I really enjoyed getting to hear guest lecturer Cristina Albu's lecture on neuroscience and it's applications in art through the use of tools like EEGs. The topic that stood out the most to me was the research into the links between neural synchronization and human communication. The idea of being "in sync" or "connected" shows up constantly throughout media and all forms of human culture. Even as individuals, basic forms of non-verbal communication like eye contact allow us to form connections that we can feel.
Prior to this week's lecture, I had some knowledge about CRISPR(Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), but I was unaware of its immense significance in the field of gene editing. For my blog this week, I decided to delve deeper into CRISPR and explore some of its ethical and moral implications. In 2012, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier conducted groundbreaking research and developed CRISPR , which when used alongside CRISPR-associated proteins like Cas-9, can break DNA at specific points (IGI, 2022).
One of the most significant concerns about plastic for both environmental and human health is the prevalence of microplastics across a number of different ecosystems. Microplastics are plastic fragments that are under 5.0mm in size and can either originate from already-small plastic products, or from the breakdown of larger plastic products. These plastics have been dispersed throughout terrestrial environments, into the oceans and other waterways, and have even been found within humans and a number of other animals.