Topic: Cloning and assisted reproduction.
Limited to 15 students.
Considerable popular interest in cloning of mammalian embryos and in various forms of assisted reproduction has developed recently, in particular from press releases or political pronouncements, often accompanied by much misunderstanding and sensationalism. We will examine several topics such as stem cell research, therapeutic and reproductive cloning, nuclear reprogramming, successes and failures of current technology, ethical issues, and techniques to increase human fertility such as in vitro fertilization and hormonal therapy. Emphasis is on readings from current literature and student presentations. Three classroom hours per week. Requisite: Biology 22, 24, 25 or 29.
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