How to Perform Your Research

The Reaction Paper Assignment
You will be writing a 1,000 word Reaction Paper in this course using the instructions and links found below. You will be completing the following tasks and gathering the following information for your paper:

Watch the epigenetics video from PBS available as a YouTube link in this folder (second item in the folder). Begin your paper by defining epigenetics in your own words and discussing your reaction to the video.
Interview your family members and complete the  Family History-Dr. Oz.pdf  .  Find out which disease(s) you are most at risk for.
Research and locate one article on epigenetics and whatever disease you are most at risk for (select a study on research conducted on humans) from a reputable academic source:

Reputable Sources:

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journal articles
government publications based on research

Do not use:

magazines of any sort, whether they are on paper or online
Websites of any type, including epigenetics websites

How to Perform Your Research

Use the College Library in person or online (log in with your new MDC ID number (the one that is all numbers). Your password is the last four digits of that same MDC ID unless you have changed it.

Read the epigenetics article you find. Continue your paper with a discussion of the epigenetics article. Be sure to paraphrase (put things in your own words) and be sure to cite the author(s) of the article you find using APA style (see the section below on using APA style). Aim for about a page for this part of your paper.

Discuss the concept of epigenesis in light of your family history and the article you read. Aim for one page for this section of your paper.
Complete the Living to 100 Questionnaires. Integrate your findings on the questionnaire into your discussion. Aim for another page.
Discuss how you can improve your health and longevity in light of your findings in this questionnaire, your understanding of epigenetics, and your knowledge of your family history. This should be your final page.

You can go over or under a page for any of the sections of the paper as long as your total paper is 1,000 words not counting the references.
General Rules for an “A” Paper (check your paper against this list)
◻    1,000 words
◻    Original work; plagiarism score of less than 10% (90% original work)
◻    Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins
◻    Covers all 6 tasks
◻    Spellchecked
◻    College-level grammar
◻    Cite your article APA style (author & year within body of paper; full reference at end)
◻    No abstract, no cover
◻    Place your name and reference number on the first page. Use page numbers.
Submit the paper by the deadline in the Schedule and also in the Calendar. The box will open at the beginning of the semester so that you have time to submit your paper, review the originality report, and resubmit your paper if necessary until you have a plagiarism score of under 10%. Be sure to use the Turnitin Grammar Checker to ensure that your paper is well written and ensure that you have spellchecked everything. If you resubmit your paper, note that it takes 24 hours for your new score to show up in the Turnitin Drop Box.

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Family History Worksheet
How to Use This Worksheet 1. Talk to your family – your parents and siblings, primarily – about their health history. If
your siblings or parents are unavailable, ask your next closest relatives: first cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.
2. Check the boxes next to the conditions that a family member has. If more than one family member has the condition, note how many in the box.
3. Return to to enter your information. Keep this worksheet and take it with you to your doctor.
Condition Parent Siblings Other relative
Alzheimer’s disease
Anesthesia issues
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Bleeding issues
Cancer, Breast
Cancer, Colon
Cancer, Lung
Cancer, Skin
Cancer, Prostate
Cancer, Ovarian
Cancer (other)
Diabetes, Type 1 (childhood onset)
Diabetes, Type 2 (Adult onset)
Epilepsy (seizures)
Eye conditions
Hearing problems
Heart disease, heart attack, stroke
Hight blood pressure/hypertension
Hight Cholesterol
Kidney disease
Thyroid disorder

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