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HNR 340 – DNA and the Contemporary

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Class #: 12114
Section: M001
Credits: 3

Kuusisto, Stephen

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
T TH 2:00 – 3:20 pm

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Course Description:

The mapping of the human genome has led to a sea change in every area of human affairs from agriculture to zoology. This course is designed for both scientific and non-scientific minds as we cross disciplines to see how our understanding of DNA is reflected in emerging ideas about everything from big data to cyborgs to post-molecular medicine. We will read Crick and Watson’s account of the discovery of DNA’s structure, as well as contemporary accounts of CRSPR gene editing technologies. We’ll look at ethical concerns about our ever-developing capacity to alter the genetic makeup of human beings as well as plants and animals. We’ll also examine DNA in popular culture: how does gene modification work its way into films and stories? Above all else we’ll seek to understand our changing understanding of what it means to be alive in the age of global genetics.

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