HST.930J / STS.449J Social Studies of Bioscience and Biotech

Fall 2005

Plasticity of adult stem cells.
Plasticity of adult stem cells. (Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete bibliography of readings.

Course Description

In this course, social, ethical and clinical issues associated with the development of new biotechnologies and their integration into clinical practice is discussed. Basic scientists, clinicians, bioethicists, and social scientists present on the following four general topics: changing political economy of biotech research; problems associated with the adaption of new biotechnologies and findings from molecular biology for clinical settings; the ethical issues that emerge from clinical research and clinical use of new technologies; and the broader social ethics of access and inequality.
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Prof. Michael M. Fischer
Prof. Byron Good
Prof. Mary-Jo Good

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
1.5 hours / session