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Spring 2010-2011
* WWS 320 / MOL 320 (SA)  

Human Genetics, Reproduction, and Public Policy

Lee M. Silver

Critical concepts in human genetics, evolution, reproductive behavior, embryology, and philosophy of science will be presented as a framework for understanding controversial human-affecting biotechnologies including embryonic stem cells, cloning, genetic selection, egg or womb vending, genetic engineering, and neuro-enhancement. Public perceptions and misperceptions of biotechnology will be explored through science fiction, movies, and popular music. Consideration will be given to competing political, religious, and ethical claims of authority in accepting, regulating, or rejecting each technology in the U.S. and other societies.

Sample reading list:
L. Silver, Challenging Nature
M. Ridley, The Red Queen: Sex and Evolution of Human Nature
A. Huxley, Brave New World
P. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
L. Kass, Science, Religion, and the Human Future
K. Vonnegut, Galapagos
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
70 pages per week

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
There are no formal prerequisites, however, a knowledge of high school chemistry and modern biology will be assumed. Eight movies will be assigned for viewing outside of class..

Website:  http://webshare.princeton.edu/users/lsilver/320/films08.htm

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40997 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   016   Enrolled:66 Limit:78
P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:14 Limit:12
P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   023   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
P04 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Schultz Laboratory   418   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
P05 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:6 Limit:12