BIO 017 - Biology 17: DNA, Diet and Disease MWF: 1-2 PM,...

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Biology 17: DNA, Diet and Disease MWF: 1-2 PM, Leidy 109 Dr. Scott Poethig 103E Lynch, 215-898-8915, spoethig@sas.upenn.edu; Office hours: Thurs, 12-2, or by appt. This non-science-major course presents major themes in biology by examining the nature of food and the ways in which humans modify, and have been modified by, the organisms we eat. The first part of the course concerns the chemistry, structure, and physiology of plants and animals, and provides brief introduction to human nutrition. The second part of the course deals with evolution and genetics in the context of the origin and genetic modification of domesticated organisms. Finally, we will consider how food is produced, and the place of agriculture in the global economy. Lectures will be supplemented by demonstrations, laboratory exercises, field trips, and movies. Books : Plants and Society , 5th edition (2008) E. Levetin and K. McMahon : On Food and Cooking: the Science and Lore of the Kitchen (2004) Harold McGee
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