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Fall 2015-2016
* WWS 354 (SA)   na, npdf

Modern Genetics and Public Policy

Christopher J. Ro
Shirley M. Tilghman

Examines modern genetics' implications for public policy focusing on health, law, consumer products, and criminal justice. Topics include: eugenics; gene patenting; gene therapy; FDA consumer regulations of genetic testing; genetic discrimination; forensic use of DNA; and stem cell therapy. Explores social, political, and philosophical problems that modern genetics pose in areas such in the changing conceptions of the self; genetic enhancement vs. therapy; genetic nature of race; new theories of gene action in epigenetics; and genetic privacy.

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
22373 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:26 Limit:10 Closed