The Politics of Genetic Manipulation

Alice Liu (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) and
Samuel Gunderson (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry)

This seminar on the politics of genetic manipulation will provide students with a good grasp of issues central to the balance and conflict of science knowledge versus politics. It is important to understand these issues, because like the air we breathe, science and politics are integral parts of our modern society. This seminar will delve into three such areas— genetically modified organisms, polymerase chain reaction, and gene patenting—where the knowledge and success of generating recombinant DNA molecules has yielded both profitable and controversial results. In between class discussions, students will engage in laboratory bench work to experience and consolidate what they learned.

Course Number: 
01:090:101:AB index 13259