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Spring 2013-2014
* MOL 205 (STN)   na, npdf

Genes, Health, and Society

Leon E. Rosenberg

What should students know about their genes and genomes? Today, the field of Human Genetics is explored and debated like no other. To understand the medical applications and ethical implications of Human Genetics, one must grasp its scientific foundations. We will approach these topics using: lectures, textbook, journal and newspaper readings, precept discussions, and patient interviews. We will consider the following subjects: gene structure and function; the genetics and genomics of populations and of selected human disorders (cancer, mental illness, metabolic diseases); and clinical genetics (inheritance patterns, diagnosis, treatment).

Sample reading list:
Rosenberg, L.E. and Rosenberg, D.D., Human Genes and Genomes: Science, Health, Society
Collins, F.S., No Longer Just Looking Under the Lamppost
Thompson and Thompson, Genetics in Medicine
Jamison, K.R., Manic-Depressive Illness and Creativity
News Articles in Science, NY Times and Wall St Journal,

Reading/Writing assignments:
Textbook readings supplemented by journal, newspaper or book articles (approximately 50 pages per week); 1000 word paper in OP/ED format.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40537 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Schultz Laboratory   107   Enrolled:22 Limit:75
40539 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
40540 P03 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Thomas Laboratory   317   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
40541 P04 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Thomas Laboratory   117   Enrolled:6 Limit:15
40542 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Thomas Laboratory   117   Enrolled:8 Limit:15 Closed