HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 001 Regenerative Medicine's Moral Achilles Heel: A Closer Look at the Biology and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Course Note:
A guided journey that opens first-year students' eyes to the importance of scholarship and research in an area of the seminar leader's expertise. Subject matter and discussions are confronted from the vantage point “Why does it matter?”.
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3. Drop/Add Deadline 09-27-10.
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How does a human being form from a single cell, just 100 micrometers in diameter? How do we live so long, when so many of our cells die so often? Why can a bone marrow transplant cure leukemia and immune deficiency disorders? All of these answers, in part, lie in the field of stem cell biology.

From embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells to the cancer stem cell model to regenerative medicine, this class will focus on the current hot-topics in the field of stem cell biology. As stem cell research and controversy often go hand-in-hand, beyond the biology, ethical and political debate will be encouraged. At the end of the class, students will be able to answer the question: “What is a stem cell?” understand current research initiatives, and form knowledgeable ethical and political opinions on the subject.

Interested students should have at least a basic background in biology. At the end of the semester, students will give short presentations on an interesting stem cell application or stem cell research idea not covered in class.

(*“Regenerative medicine’s moral Achilles heel” is the way Michael Brannigan refers to the ethical dilemmas inherent in stem cell research in his “Fixations on the Moral Status of the Embryo,” one of the readings for this class.)

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27537
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Regenerative Medicine's Moral Achilles Heel Does not meet first week of classes.
002 (SEM)
P
32429
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Note: Rwandan Genocide Does not meet first week of classes.
003 (SEM)
P
27539
Open
4
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: All's Fair in Love and Sport Does not meet first week of classes.
004 (SEM)
P
27541
Closed
0
 
-
M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Romanticism Does not meet first week of classes.
005 (SEM)
P
29099
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Politically Incorrect Does not meet first week of classes.
006 (SEM)
P
29113
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: From Throw-Away Fun to Morality Play Does not meet first week of classes.
007 (SEM)
P
30871
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Thalidomide and Other Case Studies Does not meet first week of classes.
008 (SEM)
P
32431
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Financial Crisis for Dummies Does not meet first week of classes.
009 (SEM)
P
43797
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Physics of the Fascinating Does not meet first week of classes.
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