What: The continued development of gene sequencing technology has improved the ability of biomedical researchers to analyze whole human genomes for the genetic contributions to human health and disease. While the ability to store large amounts of genetic information in databases for large-scale analysis presents an opportunity for significant discoveries, it should also make us pause to consider the implications of this technology in the context of how the information is used to promote human health, how we use it to make reproductive decisions, how the privacy of this information is maintained, and how this information shapes our views of a healthy society. At key places in the course, we’ll use Iceland, Scotland, Estonia, Denmark, and China as international case studies to gain a global perspective on these issues. This spring we are pleased to offer an optional travel experience for students enrolled in HONS 380 Genetics and the Good Society. There are no pre-requisites for the course and students from all majors are welcome to enroll. Travel is not required to enroll in the course.
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland to visit the Generation Scotland Genetics Program and the UK BioBank (travel information can be found here, sign in with your CofC credentials). The deadline for registration for the optional travel component is November 1st. Travel fee covers all travel expenses.
The application deadline for study abroad scholarships through the Center for International Education is October 12, 2018.
Interested students should contact Dr. Chris Korey at koreyc.cofc.edu for more information.