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Specialized Committee

Commission on Science and Technology for Development

TOPIC A: Genetic Engineering

 

For thousands of years, mankind has intervened in the gradual alteration of organisms through agriculture and domestication of wildlife. Animals such as dogs and goats were among the first to be domesticated circa 12,000 BC and 8,000 BC, respectively, while the first plants to be domesticated were different kinds of wheat. While not immediately obvious, this is largely considered to be a form of genetic modification. Over time, the methods by which we have changed nature around us have evolved. Before our scientific understanding advanced enough to understand the underlying mechanisms of these changes, humans used methods ranging from selective breeding, or promotion of the proliferation of the plants and animals that had desirable characteristics, to hybridization, or the close breeding of two different kinds of plants that results in a fusion of the two species.

 

 

TOPIC B: Nuclear Technology

Endeavors to harness nuclear energy have been persistent since the discovery of the neutron in the early 1930s. With its neutral charge, the neutron distinguished itself from other fundamental particles such as protons and electrons. By the late 1930s, chemists discovered that bombarding radioactive elements such as uranium resulted in the breaking apart of their atomic nuclei. Delegates will have to deal with new issues and research that is emerging. 

Letter from your Chair

 

 

 

Joe Reda

Chair Security Council 

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