Scientific discovery is based upon the use of the scientific method. This is a very structured, logical method to approach any problem, not just in science. In the scenario for your discussion this week, you will be assigned to work with Tanesha, a researcher for a major pharmaceutical company, who will help you to reach a conclusion regarding the effectiveness of a plant to treat various health disorders. Then, you will determine the validity of sources by applying the critical thinking skills discussed in this week’s reading material.
Review the Scientific Method and Critical Thinking sections in your required readings this week. After reviewing the readings, discuss how you would use the scientific method in the following scenario. You must apply all of the steps in the scientific method: make an observation, develop a testable hypothesis, perform an experiment, analyze the results of the experiment, reach a conclusion, and consider the next steps (e.g., make new predictions and test them or communicate the results).
Tanesha, a researcher for a major pharmaceutical company, has tasked you with helping her test a plant that, according to the locals, has major health benefits. Locals claim that the moringa leaf may be a good treatment for various disorders, including asthma, edema, constipation, diabetes, seizures, ulcers, headaches, kidney stones, and hypertension. Additionally, they believe that the plant might help to fight infections caused by the Salmonella In your response to the discussion question, you will:
Choose ONE of the disorders listed (i.e., asthma, edema, constipation, diabetes, seizures, ulcers, headaches, kidney stones, hypertension, or Salmonella infection)
- Apply the steps of the scientific method to reach a conclusion regarding the potential use of this plant to treat your selected health disorder. Note: You must apply all