Promises inn My Story… Your Story to tell

Scholarship Entrant: Johnathan from Lacey, WA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Johnathan Anwonne Jones

11 July 2014

“From Failure To Promise: An uncommon Path to Professoriate”
Promises in My Story…Your Story to tell

Promise of technology to aid in the salvation of the failures of the human life has evolved

and become one of the most important humanitarian and scientific discoveries and inquiries, and today.

With the help of technology, scientific discoveries and advancements such DNA manipulation, research

in biotechnology has become a more meaningful field of study, controversy and research. With the

promise of cures, treatments and answers to life’s biggest questions, come the failures Biotechnology,

threats and concerns of new ways to recreate warfare. Yet for the sake of the good of life we strive to

study life and ways to make it and the world a better for all. Carl Degler wrote, “There can be no doubt

the essential moral ideas of man spring from instinct”, declared Alfred Kroeber of the University of

California”. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published an article written by Kathleen M. Vogel, an

Associate Professor at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Department of science and

Technology Studies titled “Intelligent assessment: Putting emerging biotechnology threats in context”. In

the article Vogel asks and yet questions her readers, “Although scary stories about biotechnology have

become popular and are often taken at face value in biosecurity discussions, do they reflect reality?”

Technology advances in healthcare is reality. The promises of extended health, mobility,

and vitality with biotech devices and prosthetics that are able to mimic and functions in the

Human body has shown the most influence in the evolution of biotechnology. Doctors, nurses

and those in healthcare are able to offer options in healthcare that years ago were not even a

thought. Although the Biotechnology advances used in healthcare and other industries have

caused concerns for some, most of its common everyday uses are praised. In 1998, Vogel in her

article told the story of Former President Bill Clinton and his reading the novel about biological

warfare, “The Cobra Event”, a Sci-Fi thriller written by the journalist and novelist, Richard

Preston. In the novel, Preston’s tale of the overzealous scientist and how his “mad’ ways led him to

engineer a lethal genetic virus. According to Vogel, “after reading “The Cobra Event”, Clinton

called several advisory meetings and ordered classified assessments and simulation exercises to

examine the biological and technology threats depicted in the story”.

Promising to be an equally scientific field of interest is the study of DNA. Gene splicing

along with the manipulation and duplication of DNA has become central in the developing area

of synthetic biology. According to scientists, this promising field synthetic biology has paved the

way to the engineering of new biological constructions, systems, passageways and complete

organisms for biological purposes. PLOS One and the Faculty of Biology, Genetics, University

of Munich (LMU) published the article, “A Modular Plasmid Assembly Kit for Multigene

expression. Gene Silencing and Silencing Rescue” in February 13, 2014, written by Binder A,

Lambert J, Morbitzer R, Popp C Ott T. The article gives promise to the development and success

of cloning from the past to now. “Classical DNA cloning was initiated by the discovery of

bacterial type two endonucleases, which in combination with ligases allowed researches to

cleave and rejoin given DNA fragments at reconstruction sites. Second generations cloning technologies

based on homologous site specific recombination enable very effective high

throughput construction of recombinant DNA and are not dependent on particular reconstruction

sites”. These advances in technology have begun to produce systems able to differentiate certain

DNA genetics for reconstruction. Some of the major benefits of this biological breakthrough

include but not be limited to the reconstruction of plants for food!

From DNA reconstruction to the Failures of Biotechnology and the concerns and

benefits, comes the Promise from future healthcare professional like myself, to always provide

the most up to date and adequate care for the most precious gift, Life itself. As an Electrical

Engineer in the Army, Combat LifeSaver and now, Medical Student at South Puget Sound

Community College, I am passionate about how far technology and its applications in aiding the

human life has come. With my knowledge of medicine, electronics, and biotechnology, I strongly believe

some technology advance without proper education could be missed. I believe that having educated,

caring healthcare professionals able to bridge the gap between these “New Age” health concepts and

communities will be vital and crucial for the further study and application. “The Body in Question”,

written by Jonathan Miller, published in the United States in 1978 by Random House, depicts one of the

most original overviews of modern biology and modern medicine. Miller describes biology and

reasoning behind the delicate necessity to study the human body for oneself, to the acceptances of

supernatural power, healing, and the advances in knowledge for Altruistic reasons. Miller asserted,

“The mind has to make a guess about the identity of what it sees, hears or feels, and the odds are

determined by sorts of hints and hot tips”. In my own “To Promise” story, I have been educated on what

I see is a need in the World, in which I live.

“From Failure to Promise: An common Path to Professoriate”, written by Dr. Cleamon Moorer,

has inspired and created a new found love and passion for medicine and humanity within me! Never

surprised can anyone be at how similar some life experiences are. From the good to the bad, sometimes

it’s nice to know that someone else has been in a similar situation. Faced with situations like giving up or

going on, behind that you will find the determining factors behind the motivation. Dr. Moorer

encourages, “One often has to do what they have to do in order to do what they want to do; however if

you only do what you want to do then you will never do what you have to do!” For myself, studying

medicine, healthcare and the integration biotechnology, is what I have to do. My commitment to help

people on a global scale with my own advances in Healthcare, ideas for communities, Non Profit

Organizations and biotechnology ideas will depend on the ability for myself to be educated.

Receiving scholarships, grants, research grants, financial aid and state grants is the main financial source

of income for my education as I am a fulltime student. I appreciate all research grants, scholarships, and

other private funding sources. Thank you Dr. Moorer for being an inspiration for many students such as

myself, who aspire to do great things and make a difference in the world for others.

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart”

Works Cited
Degler, Carl.” In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism In American Social Thought”. Oxford University. New York Oxford Universities Press 1991 Print
Miller, John. “The Body In Question”. Random House. New York. Print. 1978
Vogel, Kathleen M. “Intelligent assessment: Putting emerging biotechnology threats in context”. Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists. Sage Publishing. Web. 2013
Binder A, Labert J,Morbitzaer R, Popp Claudia, Ott Thomas, Lahaye T, Pariske Martin. “ A Modular Plasmid Assembly Kit for Multigene Expression, Gene Silencing and Silencing Rescue in Plants.
Moorer, Cleamon Dr. “From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate”. CreateSpace Publishing. Print. 2010

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