Biology 4 (2009S)
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Biology 4: Genes and Society (2009S)
Prof. Robert Gross
|NOTE: Starting April 2, all classes are in Remsen 216
Welcome to the Bio 4 web site. This site contains lecture notes and links to related sites. You can email Prof. Gross directly from here.
In the News:
- Feb 17, 2009: 'Evolved' virus may improve gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, UC Berkeley News
- Mar 9, 2009: Obama Lifts Bush’s Strict Limits on Stem Cell Research, NY Times
- Mar 11, 2009: DNA Proves Bolsheviks Killed All of Russian Czar's Children, CNN
- April 1, 2009: The ethics of DNA databasing, The Economist
- March 25, 2009: Genetic embryo screening: Questions grow along with number of procedures, Chicago Tribune
- April 4, 2009: A cancer mutation's Colonial roots, Boston Globe
- April 6, 2009: Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory, NY Times (technically not "genes" but still interesting)
- April 6, 2009: DNA Test Outperforms Pap Smear, NY Times
- April 15, 2009: Genes Show Limited Value in Predicting Diseases, NY Times
- April 29, 2009: Expert on flu's spread says new strain here to stay, CNN
- May 5, 2009: 10 Genes, Furiously Evolving, NY Times
- May 5, 2009: DNA test could shed light on Lincoln's last days, doctor says, CNN
- May 12, 2009: Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene, NY Times
- May 14, 2009: Disney Lab Unveils its Latest Line of Genetically Engineered Child Stars, The Onion
- May 28, 2009: Human Language Gene Changes How Mice Squeak, NY Times
- May 28, 2009: Glowing monkeys 'to aid research', BBC
Other Sites of Interest:
- Biology teaching & Learning - A national educational program sponsored by the biotechnology industry pioneer, Genentech, Inc., that puts high school biology teachers in touch with their colleagues, scientists and critical sources of new scientific information through an online network. It contains interviews, experiments and other kinds of resources and connections.
- Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues involving the Human Genome Project are discussed.
- Human Genome Project Patenting Indigenous People The authors explore from both an ethical and an anthropological perspective, the role of indigenous people in the Human Genome Project. They argue that because of their historical position as marginalised people and their exploitation by political and corporate interests, the role of indigenous people in the Project is highly problematic. In their reflections on the Human Genome Project, the authors look further into the ethical and political issues, which include 'informed prior consent', protection of indigenous resources and knowledge, and cultural and moral attitudes toward the patenting of life forms.
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008. This page tracks the history of this landmark legislation and provides links to the bill and other sites of interest.
|last modified Wed, Jun 10, 2009; 3:39 AM