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Unformatted text preview: HUMAN GENETICS ANTHROPOLOGY 248 SPRING 2011 MWF 12:00 - 12:50 170 MFAC Instructor: C. R. Duggleby T. A.s TBA Office: 161 Spaulding Phone: 645-0427 E-Mail: email@example.com Office Hours: M 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment. Textbook: Cummings, M. Human Heredity, Principles and Issues, 9 Edition, th Brooks/Cole, 2011 COURSE DESCRIPTION Over the course of the last 100 years, prevention and treatment have greatly reduced the amount of illness and death due to infectious diseases. This has had the effect of increasing the relative importance of genetic defects on the health and well-being of people. In addition to human costs incurred, genetic problems may impose extensive financial burdens on individuals and on society as a whole. Thus, what may seem to be an individual or family problem at first, may ultimately be the object of public policy. Such policies may be seen as totally beneficial (mandatory screening of newborns for PKU) or potentially discriminatory (mid-1970's sickle-cell legislation). Methods of human reproduction which may be utilized by families to avoid transmission of genetic disorders (artificial insemination, surrogate motherhood) also become a matter of public concern when their legal status is questioned. Rapid advances in genetic engineering have lead to an increased potential for diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases. People have expressed concern regarding the hazards and morality of some aspects of genetic engineering. The purpose of this course is to provide students with sufficient understanding of contemporary human genetics to intelligently address such issues.contemporary human genetics to intelligently address such issues....
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