PHG 551
Alternate Course Number: 
BH 551
Course Description: 

This course aims to provide an overview of recent topics in human genetics and genomics while simultaneously placing those topics in a broader social and ethical context.  The approach to learning is unstructured and collaborative.  Students will explore, in a sustained manner, the science involved in recent research advances, ranging from next gen sequencing to mitochondrial gene transfer.  They will also use a range of ethical arguments to assess the implications of such advances for scientists, clinicians, research participants, and society at large.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss key molecular genetic approaches to the identification of genes and genetic variants relevant to health and disease;
  2. Identify the ways in which human genomic investigation both determines, and is determined by, prevailing social norms and values;
  3. Apply scientific insights to the critical assessment of current ethical debates in human genetics and genomics.
Example Syllabus: 
Quarter(s) Offered: 
AW H 504/B H 514/PHG 512 or permission of instructor.
Fundamental Areas of Study: 
Human Genetics