How do you think research and scientific study has impacted your life? 

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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a question that could be answered both universally (speaking to how research and scientific studies have impacted mankind as a whole) and personally (speaking to how they have impacted you as an individual).

Universally or globally speaking, research and science have dictated our ability to evolve and survive longer than ever before. Consider the discovery of Penicillin by biologist Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928, which later was revealed after 1945 to be a viable form of antibiotic for treating such serious diseases as syphilis and Staphylococcus infections. Such research can also simply make our lives easier, more convenient, and more pleasant; take, for example, the discovery of electricity in 1821 by Michael Faraday— technology which would almost two centuries later prove to be indispensable to our daily lives.

I cannot speak for how research and scientific study has impacted your life, but in my own life, I have seen it save lives. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of 2016; she immediately went through surgery to have it removed, began radiation treatments (technology which originated with the 1896 lecture "Concerning a New Kind of Ray" by physics professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen), and was prescribed Femara (also known as Letrozole, a hormone-based form of chemotherapy brought to market by Novartis). As a result of this technology and the research and clinical trials that backed it, my mother's cancer went into remission—and has stayed in remission to this day. Without these scientific advances, my mother likely would not have survived.