Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305389892

Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305389892


Chapter 1, Problem 9TYK
Textbook Problem

Which of the following questions best exemplifies basic research?

a. How did life begin?

b. How does alcohol intake affect aging?

c. How fast does H1N1 flu spread among humans?

d. How can we reduce hereditary problems in purebred dogs?

e. How does the consumption of soft drinks promote obesity?

Expert Solution
Summary Introduction


There are two complementary activities in which research science can be broken down, namely- the basic research and applied research. Both of the complementary activities regularly inform one another. Basic research is the research that further adds knowledge to preexisting knowledge. Applied research is used in practical problems.

Explanation of Solution

Justification for the correct answer:

Option (a) is “how did life begin?” This option is correct as basic research searches for the explanation of natural phenomena in order to satisfy curiosity. There are times when they do not have practical goals. The way in which life begins is one of the basic researches. Hence, option (a) is the correct answer.

Justifications for the incorrect answers:

Option (b) is “how does alcohol intake affect aging.” It is false as it is included under applied research and helps in solving the problem of aging. Therefore, it is an incorrect option.

Option (c) is “how fast does H1N1 flu spread among humans...

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