the recent mapping of the human genome, genetics courses proliferate,
bringing DNA to life for Chicago undergrads.
in the News
by Lynne Arneson, PhD'97, this common core course examines
breaking news in genetics and genetic engineering. Topics
include genetics in forensics, genes that cause human disease,
gene therapy, and cloning of mammals from adult cells. Discussions
focus on the biology behind the news and the implications
professor Manyuan Long introduces students to the new field
of genomic-data analysis, focusing on the evolution of genes
and genomes of several organisms, as well as major accomplishments
in the field. Students learn basic skills such as computer
programming and simulation to analyze available genomic databases.
of Science: Genetics and Reconfiguring Social Imaginaries
by Nadia Abu El-Haj, assistant professor of anthropology,
this class examines major questions raised by new technologies.
Are there novel conceptions of bodies and selves enabled by
genetics? What is the relationship of identity to DNA in light
of recent cloning debates? What happens to our understandings
of life if it can be manufactured-and even improved-through
Dissection of the Gene and Genome
genetics discoveries are revising basic concepts of heredity
and evolution. Professor of biochemistry and biology James
Shapiro discusses genetic structure, DNA repair systems and
mutagenesis, and the theoretical significance of recent discoveries.