GE217 Composition II |
Week 11 Major Writing Assignment |
Essay: "Stem Cell Research" |
DJ Pridemore |
After reading the lesson presentation and the assigned readings, write an essay defending or arguing against stem cell research. In your argument, address some of the issues raised by the authors you read this week, as well as the position assumed by President Bush in his August 2001 speech (as printed in your Goshgarian textbook). Document your decision and what evidence helped you reach your conclusion.
Besides the articles we studied in this lesson, use at least two outside sources for your essay. For help in locating these sources, see the list of Web Destinations on the companion website for the course at http://wps.ablongman.com/long_goshgarian_dialogues_5/. Click ‘Student Resources,’ select a chapter, then click on ‘Web Destinations.’
You should also make use of the resources located in the ITT Tech Virtual Library at: http://library.itt-tech.edu for your essay.
Your essay should be a minimum of 2 pages long. Incorporate the rules you've learned about writing a persuasive argumentative essay, including the rules of evidence, in your paper. Include the bibliographical information for each source on a Works Cited page separate from your essay and use MLA style documentation.
While it may be generally concluded that everyone agrees that stem cell research may lead to great strides in finding cures for cancer, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, or many other common diseases, the latest controversy seems to be one of which type of stem cells should be experimented with.
Dr. James A. Thomson, a biologist at the University of Wisconsin, first discovered the ability to isolate human embryonic stem cells in November of 1998, leading to the promise of new techniques in treating diseases (American Association for the Advancement of Science). In 1999 and 2000, scientists developed a process to...