Genetics and Society: A Course for Educators

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: 4 weeks

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 健康与社会

大学或机构: 美国自然历史博物馆

授课老师: Rob DeSalle



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The AMNH course Genetics and Society: A Course for Educators explores the social, legal and ethical issues of modern-day genetics. Informed by the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, the course provides an overview of recent genetic discoveries and molecular lab techniques. Participants will acquire an understanding of the science and technology behind breakthroughs such as therapeutic cloning and the sequencing of the human genome. You will also have the opportunity to discuss and debate issues surrounding hot-button topics in genetics: If it is ethical to clone your dog, will humans be next? Should we care if our food is genetically modified? What are the pros and cons of gene therapy? Course participants will bring their understanding of modern genetics and associated ethical issues - along with content resources, discussion questions, and assignments - into their own teaching. 


This course will focus on:

  • an overview of the science of genetics and genomics 
  • the science and ethics of cloning 
  • the science and ethics of gene therapy 
  • the science and ethics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) 
  • learning how to talk to your students about genetics and society



How have advances in genetics affected society? What do we need to know to make ethical decisions about genetic technologies? This course includes the study of cloning, genetic enhancement, and ownership of genetic information. Course participants will acquire the tools to explore the ethics of modern genetics and learn how to integrate these issues into their classrooms.


遗传学和社会 遗传 基因 社会学 遗传学 克隆 社会 美国自然历史博物馆



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