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TMCE 8072 Human Genetics and Biotechnologies: Challenges for Science and Religion (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

In dialogue with scientists, philosophers, and theologians, the course: examines current developments in developing scientific disciplines; studies the challenges and implications for medicine, society, and religion that concern these developments; and explores ways to address these challenges and implications that are scientifically relevant and religiously inspired in the context of the new evangelization. In its three parts, the course examines, first, human genetics by focusing on: genetic information, testing, screening, therapy, pharmacogenomics, and enhancement. Second, the course studies new biotechnologies that rely on genetics (i.e., synthetic biology and regenerative medicine). Third, the course discusses current biotechnological developments in neuroscience, oncofertility, nanotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, and astrobiology.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Andrea Vicini, S.J.

Prerequisites: A certain familiarity with a scientific discipline of choice (not necessarily with one of those studied during the course) and an interest to explore the interactions between science and religion.

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Comments: Prerequisite: at least one course in bioethics. Undergraduate students might be accepted after obtaining the instructor's permission.

Last Updated: 23-Feb-18