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

As taught in: Fall 2005

A diagram indicating the plasticity of aduklt stem cells.  The image shows various human organs and their relationships via stem cells.

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

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Byron Good

Prof. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Prof. Michael M.J. Fischer

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.