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Fall 2012-2013
* WWS 354 (SA)   na, npdf

Modern Genetics and Public Policy

Shirley M. Tilghman
Keith A. Wailoo

Examines modern genetics' implications for public policy focusing on health, law, consumer products, and criminal justice. Topics include: genetic testing and therapy; consumer regulations including FDA rules on at-home genetic testing; the law and genetic discrimination in insurance; and uses of forensic DNA in the courtroom. Explores social, political, and philosophical problems in these areas: changing conceptions of the self; relation of new genetics to the old, racially-charged, eugenics; impact of new theories of gene action and epigenetics on ideas about the "hardwiring" of health and behavior, and on "genetic blame" and future policy.

Sample reading list:
Daniel Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics
Alexandra Minna Stern, Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding
Jan Aronson, Genetic Witness
Buchanan, Brock, Daniels, & Wikler, From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice
Mark Rothstein and Gary Marchant, The Ghost in our Genes
Eve Nichols, Federal Oversight of Human Gene Therapy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be expected to write two policy papers in this course. One 5-7 page paper due at mid-term and a 15-18 page paper at the end of the course.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 35%

Reserved Seats:
WWS and WPP Students Only 10

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23209 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm M   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:26 Limit:24 Closed