Human Genomics Ethical Dilemmas in the 21st Century
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The sequencing of the human genome has paved the way for an array of medical advancements including the detection and treatment of rare and common diseases, health maintenance, and genetic engineering. These advancements, while potentially beneficial, give rise to profound ethical questions surrounding issues of privacy, responsibility, access, discrimination, inequality, commercialization, and human rights. Students will examine ethical contradictions present in the science of human genomics using different theoretical approaches. The course will explore how various responses to such problems will impact contemporary society, with special attention given to the affects of genomics on minority individuals and communities, developing nations, and cultural and religious freedoms.