You will apply what you have learned about genetics, evolution, and even a bit of cell biology to the
problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The PDF posted on Titanium contains the following article (this
is the correct citation):Voss, G. 2014. “What if Antibiotics Stopped Working?” Women’s Health Magazine. Retrieved from:
For the writing assignment, you need to form an opinion, develop a logical argument, and support your
argument with evidence from the required article, your class slides & notes, and your textbook (chapter
13, sections 16-19 for viruses, chapter 10 and section 15 for horizontal gene transfer; “vertical gene
transfer” is what we learned in geneticsparents passing genes on to offspring) based on the following
two points. You do not need to look beyond the article and your textbook/class notes!
Summarize the biology in the article (i.e. you can skip summarizing the part of the article
about the unfortunate woman with the resistant UTI). In your summary, use your textbook
to help you further explain the two ways that bacteria can pass resistance alleles between
one anotherbiologists would call one way of transferring alleles as vertical gene transfer
and the second way, horizontal gene transfer. The article states many ideas that we can
use in our everyday lives to reduce the chances of creating more antibiotic-resistant
bacteria. One of them mentioned was getting antibiotics when sick just in case the illness
is caused by a bacterial infection. What do you think: If you or a loved one is sick with a
viral infection, should you ask for antibiotics from your doctor/healthcare professional?
Explain why or why not.
Your paper should be 300-350 words maximum, including your references. Be concise in your
writing. Have someone proofread your paper to ensure what you are writing is clear and free of
formatting and grammatical errors. If writing is not your strong suite, visit the writing center for
additional help. There is a link at the top of Titanium should you wish to utilize this option.
Be sure you cite your sources (including the provided article) both in-text and with a reference page
using APA format. You do not need a title page nor do you need an abstract. Be sure to cite even
when paraphrasing. Failure to cite your sources (either in-text or with a reference page) will be
considered academic dishonesty, which will result in a 0 for this assignment as well as a report
being filed with the University.
Your paper should be double spaced, 12pt font, using either Times New Roman or Arial font with 1
margins. You do not need page numbers. You should include your first and last name and section
number at the top of the page.
Give your paper a concise title of no more than 5 words. At the top of your paper you simply need
your first and last name along with your section number. You do not need my name, the universitys
name or the date. All of this should total no more than 10 words (which you can add to your 350
words if you need to, bringing you total up to 360).
You are REQUIRED to turn in a digital copy only to turnitin.com (the link can be found on our
Titanium page). Failure to turn in a digital copy through turnitin.com will result in a 0 for this
assignment. HARD COPIES AND EMAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!
The rubric that will be used to grade the writing assignment is posted on Titanium. Use this to
help you make sure you have included all required information.
Helpful hints: Bacteria is a plural word. Bacterium is the singular version of that word.
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