Catalogue 2014 - 2015

ILP 370 Human Genome Project


3 cr.


Junior or senior standing.

Course Description

This 300-level course is targeted at both non-science and science majors intrigued by the potential this new research has for affecting their lives, and the lives of their friends and family, particularly regarding health issues. The current learning objectives for this course include, but are not limited to: (1) a basic understanding of how genetics works; (2) a basic understanding of the history of the HGP; (3) an understanding of some of the potential benefits of new genetic and reproductive technologies; (4) an understanding of the inherent conflicts associated with new genetic technologies and the ethical issues associated with these conflicts, for example, concerns about access-who is denied benefits, who gains the benefits; and (5) an understanding of the civil responsibility in guiding both the research and its ultimate applications. Students will be introduced to the history and motivation for the project, the fundamentals of genomics, and applications of the HGP. The second part focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of the research.