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Controversial Science Argumentative Essay Topics

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Amy Brokaw

on 24 March 2014

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Transcript of Controversial Science Argumentative Essay Topics

6. Do humans have the right to put their own wants/needs before the needs of animals and their habitats?
13. Is human activity a major cause of climate change?
8. Do vaccines cause autism? Should vaccines be required?
11. Are cell phones safe?
5. Should law enforcement be allowed to use DNA profiling in criminal investigations?
7. Do humans have the right to do medical research on animals?
12. Can alternative energy effectively replace fossil fuels?
9. Should there be a limit on the number of children a person can have?
10. Should more be done to stop species from extinction?
14. Is human activity contributing to global warming?
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
2. Are genetically modified foods safe?
1. Should oil companies be held more accountable regarding oil spills?
16. Should marijuana be used for medical purposes?
15. Is human behavior a result of nature or nurture?
3. Is it ethical to clone humans?

4. Is it ethical to clone animals?
17. Should genetic engineering be allowed in an effort to eliminate diseases and birth defects?
Controversial Science Argumentative Essay Topics
19. Is it ethical to use cells from a deceased person for research without permission?
18. Should prenatal testing be required to determine Down syndrome, birth defects, etc.?
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, but her name has become associated with an immortal line of cells known as HeLa cells (the name derives from the first two letters of the patient's first and last names). Unbeknownst to Lacks, a doctor at Johns Hopkins University took a sample of her tumor, later offering it to researchers who saw the cells continue to multiply in culture -- up to this day. It was the first instance of a successfully established "immortal" cell line, although scientists remain baffled why the HeLa cells survived whereas others didn't [source: Skloot].
Since then, HeLa cells have been used in a number of groundbreaking medical experiments, such as the development of the polio vaccine and cloning studies. But the remarkable story of the HeLa cell line has been marred by some of the conditions surrounding it. Henrietta Lacks never gave permission for her cells to be given to researchers, nor were she or her family notified that they had.
Determine Your Topic:
and complete Steps 1 & 2
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