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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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STS 131 - Genetic Engineering: Basic Principles and Ethical Questions


1 unit(s)
This course includes a consideration of: 1) basic biological knowledge about the nature of the gene, the genetic code, and the way in which the genetic code is translated into the phenotype of the organism; 2) how this basic, scientific knowledge has led to the development of a new technology known as “genetic engineering”; 3) principles and application of the technology itself; 4) the ethical, legal, and economic issues which have been raised by the advent of this technology. Among the issues discussed are ethical questions such as the nature of life itself, the right of scientists to pursue research at will, and the role of the academy to regulate the individual scientific enterprise. Jennifer Kennell.

Not offered in 2017/18.



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