Role of Genetic Engineering
Why is it cool?
Designing your baby’s genes or choosing a mate based on genetic compatibility may still be in the far future, but the idea of genetically engineered humans may not be as far-fetched as it used to be. It is likely that no other single issue will affect future generations more than genetic engineering. This CLS class examines the place of gene manipulation in the past, present and future, and it invites students to explore possible moral, scientific and political futures.
Students will learn the foundational descriptions of genes, evolution and fitness and will even examine their own personal mate choices and how they relate to gene manipulation. The history of genetic engineering and how its existence, or absence, impacted the ultimate fate of past civilizations will also be studied. Finally, students will examine modern genetic engineering and its role in crops, livestock and humans, along with a discussion of “Major Nelson’s” syndrome and its consequences.
While genetic engineering used to only be the fantastical stuff of comic books or science fiction novels, and the old saying “the future is now” holds true, genetic engineering is happening and will probably continue to permeate everyday lives well into the next century.
Role of Genetic Engineering is an undergraduate course. Contact your advisor to see if it might be right for you, or take a look at some of the other classes offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.