Biotechnology from Hollywood and Beyond
Biotechnology has been perceived and portrayed in various ways by Hollywood and filmmakers around the world. In this course, we will explore the occasionally wide gap between public perception and the way science really "works." Students will view and discuss the portrayal of bio- and nanotechnologies in popular movies from this country and select international films. Misconceptions and accurate portrayals will be analyzed to introduce students to a basic understanding of the latest exciting work in rapidly emerging areas such as genomics and epigenetics. Students will present thumbs up/thumbs down science movie reviews as a required assignment.