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The political, social, and monetary influences on science

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The discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule was a tumultuous process. Discuss the impact that political or social influence or monetary gains can have on the progress of science.

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As is inherent in questions of this nature, you are being asked for your opinion. You opinion will obviously differ from others and that will spark discussion. Below I've listed some positive and negative impacts of socio-politics on science. Use these as well as examples from your class, class notes, and text book to compose your answer. I focused on present day example, but throughout history these influences have affected science.

Scientific endeavor can not exist in an isolated bubble, often political, social, and monetary concerns influence how, when and what discoveries are made.

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In the U.S. a large majority of the money for scientific research comes from federal programs (e.g. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency). By controlling grant money for research the president and/or congress can influence research priorities in the U.S. Some current examples include: President Bush's ban on stem cell funds, essentially halting embryonic ...

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As is inherent in questions of this nature, you are being asked for your opinion. You opinion will obviously differ from others and that will spark discussion. Below I've listed some positive and negative impacts of socio-politics on science. Use these as well as examples from your class, class notes, and text book to compose your answer. I focused on present day example, but throughout history these influences have affected science.

Scientific endeavor can not exist in an isolated bubble, often political, social, and monetary concerns influence how, when and what discoveries are made.

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