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The Ohio State University The Molecular Revolution: Heredity, Genome Mapping, and Genomania Anthropology 597.04 Summer 2009 Class Time and Location: MTWTH 9:30-11:18 a.m., Smith Lab 4012 Class Number: 21265 Instructor: Jennifer Spence Office: 4005 Smith Laboratory E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: MTWTH 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Douglas Crews E-mail: [email protected] STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR NEEDS KNOWN TO THE INSTRUCTOR AS SOON AS THE QUARTER BEGINS AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SEEKING AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE FROM THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES AT 292-3307 PRIOR TO OR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE QUARTER. I RELY ON THE OFFICE FOR DISABILITY SERVICES FOR ASSISTANCE IN VERIFYING THE NEED FOR ACCOMMODATIONS AND DEVELOPING ACCOMMODATION STRATEGIES. Texts: Required readings will be uploaded to the Carmen website. A reference guide to genetics is recommended though not required. The following is useful and relatively inexpensive: Buxton J, Turney J. 2007. The rough guide to genes & cloning. London: Rough Guides Ltd. Course Description: The molecular revolution has led to better health and food production and has improved our understanding of human evolution. These advances are counterbalanced by controversies surrounding stem cell research, ancestry testing, eugenics, and genetic food modification, to name but a few. This class explores advances in genetics and genomics and their larger social and scientific implications. We begin with an overview of genetics and evolutionary theory before turning to the controversies associated with potential uses and misuses of genetic information. In the end, we will better understand the nature, causes, and implications of the mania and fear surrounding research in the genomics age. Curriculum Fulfillment: This is a core course in the Evolutionary Studies minor. Information regarding the minor and its requirements may be found online at http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/interdisciplinary . This course helps satisfy the Issues of the Contemporary World GEC Requirement . Offerings in this category are thematic, upper-division courses that draw upon multiple disciplines and are intended to enrich students’ experiences of the contemporary world. 1
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Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, you will have a working knowledge of the ongoing molecular revolution and its consequences for human health, subsistence, and identity. After sharing and discussing ideas in class, you will be capable of applying this knowledge to ongoing debates about stem cell research, cloning, and the use of genetically modified foods.
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