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Fall 2014-2015
* 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:
Kevles, Daniel, In the Name of Eugenics
Hogarth, Javitt & Melzer, The Current Landscape for Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
Morrow, Jeffrey, Insuring Fairness
Ledford, Heidi, U.S. Supreme Court Upends Diagnostic Patents
Dodson, M. & Williamson, R., Idigenous Peoples & the Morality of the Human Genome Project
Hampikian,, The Genetics of Innocence
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.

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
21978 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:28 Limit:15 Closed