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Engineering Life: Synbio, Bioethics & Public Policy


Provider
coursera

Price
Free

School
Johns Hopkins University

Type
University

Instructor
Debra Mathews

Categories
Life Sciences, Engineering, Health

Duration
6 weeks

Format
Video

Language
English

Description
Synbio is a diverse field with diverse applications, and the different contexts (e.g., gain-of-function research, biofuels) raise different ethical and governance challenges. The objective of this course is to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of ethical and policy/governance issues that arise in the design, conduct and application of synthetic biology. The course will begin with a short history of recombinant DNA technology and how governance of that science developed and evolved, and progress through a series of areas of application of synbio.  Content will be presented in many forms, including not only reading and lectures, but also recorded and live interviews and discussions with scientists, ethicists and policy makers. Learners will have the opportunity to think, write and talk about the issues and challenges in their own work and in real-life case examples. A final project will engage students in the development of governance models for synbio.

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