415.619.92 NEW GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES AND PUBLIC POLICY
Presents an overview of analysis of human genes relevant to the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases, and examines the genetic basis for disease susceptibility and potential for harmful effects of usage of genetic technologies. Considers the role of patent policy, the biotechnology industry, the media, and other forces in disseminating new discoveries as will policies for assuring the safety and effectiveness of new genetic technologies. May also cover implications of genetic discoveries in food crops and animals. Student evaluation based on preparation for presentations (including written summaries), class participation, and a paper or take-home exam.
This course will prepare you to (1) identify and analyze complex public policy issues related to genetics and genomics; (2) understand the history of genetics related to public policy; (3) understand the federal legislative and regulatory process related to biomedical research issues; (4) evaluate the pros and cons of various public policy options; and (5) explain the basic concepts of genetic counseling to a lay or policy audience.
- Friday 12:00 - 1:50