Changes in Social Status Seen in Monkeys' Genes - New York Times

Social stress is known to have adverse health effects on both humans and primates. Now, researchers report that it also affects the immune system of female rhesus macaques at the genetic level. Stress Molds Immune System For Monkeys -- And Possibly Humans Full Story »

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Manfred Ostrowski
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by Manfred Ostrowski - Apr. 10, 2012
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Caroline Silver
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by Caroline Silver - May. 7, 2012

If I were to write an op-ed based off this article, I could write one about the importance of testing animals, not just to understand and help their own health , but to understand humans , especially since this article is about monkeys, are closest relative. Another op-ed I could write based off this article would be to discuss how studying animals in the wild versus in captivity can possibly lead to different outcomes; thus, critiquing animal testing, and the way it is done.

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Lisandro Tolentino
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by Lisandro Tolentino - Apr. 11, 2012

This article is interesting because it shows that even primates experience social stress like all humans. One can conclude when there is high levels of stress, it is very unhealthy. There are many studies that provided evidence that stress can cause many diseases because it lowers the immune system. I would love to read more research if primates experience the same types of side effects like humans like: depression, sleep problems, high blood pressure, eating disorders... Hopefully ... More »

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Megan Neider
by Megan Neider - May. 21, 2012

Choose a story that has a science or health issue at center. What are some writing techniques you see that you could try yourself? This story discusses how genes can be affected by social status and stress. The doctors looked at the genes in monkeys and found that they could predict their social status just by looking at their genes. They think that this could be applied to humans and see how stress is related to social status. This story focused on a scientific issue but also quoted and discussed a specific person- scientist Jenny Tung- throughout the entire article. This would be a good example of how to write about a person and an issue at the same time like we did in our profiles. Her organization of first stating the issue ... More »

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Lauren Matheson
by Lauren Matheson - May. 6, 2012

This article is newsworthy because it concerns the life of animals and people right now. Humans and primates are closely related and if social stress effects the helath of primates, it can also effect the health of humans. This should bring forth a call to action to figure out how to control or deal with stress levels among humans. In today's world issues of war, economy and job market, stress is a huge factor among adults. Further research should study how to cope with the stress.

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Sandy Nguyen
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by Sandy Nguyen - Apr. 11, 2012

This scientific article offers a unique perspective on health through an anthropological lens. It incorporates the theory of evolution to gain more insight on our own well-being. While we are deemed to be more intelligent and advanced than monkeys, it is interesting to see that social statuses exist with their environment and have a strong influence on their levels of stress. One could develop an opinion piece relating to this article by offering support/rejection of the level of relevance to humans in evolutionary studies.

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Annie Greene
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by Annie Greene - Apr. 11, 2012

Interesting article. I wonder if any other research concerning this topic has been done.

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Jessica Yrani
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by Jessica Yrani - May. 7, 2012

This story tries to research an interesting topic of social status developing a physical expression in genes. An opinion piece can be written on the different stresses that people have when they do not have high social status and what health effects they may face. Also, if possible, see if there have been studies for people who change social status to a higher ranking and see if their health issues lessened.

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Anna Woelfel
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by Anna Woelfel - May. 21, 2012

This article does summarize the news from this study, but it does it too quickly. The article could be better if it used more sources to explain the finding and if it talked more about the repercussions of the finding.

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Alex Gutierrez
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by Alex Gutierrez - Apr. 11, 2012

This article is very straight forward and to the point. I would like to see more information but that does not mean it is not a scientific article. It still provides insight where not many would be exposed to. It talks about the different statuses of social stress with in monkeys genes. Which might be able to relate to us because we are the closes things to them. I would like to know more about it.

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Tomomi Menjo
by Tomomi Menjo - May. 7, 2012

I think this is very well written. She starts out by giving a broader introduction to the topic then gets more specifict. By starting out with a statement that is already known, reader will feel interested to find more about the fact. Also, the author includes quotes that explain what the researchers found in a plain language. Since it is about science and biology, if it was written in a more difficult way, general public would not have understood. The ending sentence was good as ell since it brings a good finish my stating how it could affect the future.

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Steve Bordley
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by Steve Bordley - Apr. 16, 2012

Direct, to the point and cites excellent information as a back up.

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