About this Course
How have advances in genetics affected society? What do we need to know to make ethical decisions about genetic technologies? This course includes the study of cloning, genetic enhancement, and ownership of genetic information. Course participants will acquire the tools to explore the ethics of modern genetics and learn how to integrate these issues into their classrooms.
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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 5-8 hours/week
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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Introduction and From Mendel to 1000 Genomes

You will explore the history of genetics and genomics, and be introduced to ways of thinking ethically about issues involving genetic technology. You will learn how ethical issues can be used to spark your students’ interest, and how to uncover students’ misconceptions. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 25 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Introduction to the Course1m
The Broad Timeline of Genetics12m
Teaching Genetics Through an Exploration of Ethical Issues9m
Reading6 readings
Syllabus10m
Resources10m
Genetics: A Short History10m
Nature and Nurture10m
Thinking Ethically10m
Advancing Technology and the Need for Expanding Ethical Concerns10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 1 Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

DNA Fingerprinting, Cloning, and the Future

You will explore systems biology, stem cells, and cloning and the applications of these technologies. You will also learn about the ethics of cloning, which will be the basis for your written assignment, which opens this week. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 51 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Science Bulletins: Cloning and Conservation9m
Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards15m
Next Generation Science Standards12m
Peer-Graded Assignment Overview4m
Reading3 readings
Cloning: How and Why?10m
DNA Fingerprinting, Individual Identification and Ancestry10m
Tools and Techniques in the Modern Molecular Laboratory10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 2 Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Genomics in Medicine

You will see how genetic information is being used to individualize medical treatments and take a video tour of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History. You will also apply the Science and Engineering practices from A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Education Standards in considering how to engage students in discussion about ethics....
Reading
7 videos (Total 41 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Lab Tour with Dr. DeSalle7m
Using “Genethics” with Students6m
Science Bulletins: Stem Cells: Developing New Cures6m
Science Bulletins: Stem Cell Advance Study of Lou Gehrig’s Disease2m
Science Bulletins: Stem Cells Made from Eggs Alone2m
Science Bulletins: Genes and Health – Moving Beyond Race6m
Reading4 readings
Epigenetics and the Epigenome10m
Human Variation Versus Ethnic Groups and Pharmacogenomics10m
Redesigning the Self: The Promise and Perils of Genetic Enhancement10m
A Modern Day Genetic Testing Conundrum10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Genomes, Agriculture, and Society

This week you will learn about the societal implications of genetically modified food, and discuss ways to incorporate this issue into your teaching. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 23 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Science Bulletins: Potato Biodiversity – Ensuring the Future8m
Teaching About GMO Food4m
Reading6 readings
Genetically Modified Food: Bt Corn10m
Genomics, Biotechnology, and Agriculture10m
Mapping Morality: The Rights and Wrongs of Genomics10m
Resources10m
Opportunities for Educators10m
Support AMNH10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By DBAug 13th 2017

This was a fun, informative course that I enjoyed very much.

By JGOct 19th 2015

this was a fantastic course. Genetics fascinates me!

Instructors

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David Randle, Ph.D.

Senior Manager of Professional Development

About American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition....

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