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Phillip S Thurtle
CHID 222
Seattle Campus

BioFutures

Explores key legal, ethical, cultural, scientific, and commercial aspects of the rapidly changing world of biotechnology and bioinformatics. Specifically asks how new discoveries in biology encourage us to rethink issues of ownership, communication, geography, identity, and artistic practice.

Class description

This class explores key legal, ethical, cultural, scientific, and commercial aspects of the rapidly changing world of biotechnology and bioinformatics. It specifically asks how new discoveries in biology encourage us to rethink issues of ownership, communication, geography, identity, and artistic practice. The class will be structured around six specific case studies that students will use to understand some of the major themes of BioFutures. Come find out about the often exhilarating and frequently frightening scenarios for the future of your body. Students will be specifically encouraged to ask the following questions: What are the ethical and legal issues involved in patenting human cell lines? How are recent biotechnologies portrayed in science fiction films? What can we learn by studying these portrayals? What does it mean to suggest that biotechnology is part of "an information society"? How are race, class, gender, and disability mapped onto or intersect with biomedicine? How are artists using live organisms in their art work? What can we learn about art, ethics, and scientific practice by studying this work? How do scientists manipulate space and time in the laboratory? This class is designed to appeal to all. No prerequisites needed!

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Phillip S Thurtle
Date: 04/19/2011