This is the third unit in an extensive Course on Genomics, Ethics and, Society. It was created by Clare Palmer, Penny Riggs, T.J.Kasperbauer, Jeremy Johnson at Texas A&M University, College Station and Lauren Cifuentes, Seung Won Park and Jaime McQueen at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
This unit (3) deals specifically with ethical issues raised by genomics in the context of genetics and crops. Units 1-7 each last approximately 2 weeks, and Unit 8 contains the final case study.
This course is available for anyone to use,...
This course is available for anyone to use, both in whole and in part, under a Creative Commons license.
This course received funding from the National Science Foundation, Award Number:1237881
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Genomics & Society - Exploring ethics, impacts and consequences of technological advances.
This unit has a number of different sections. An "Essential Question" is provided at the beginning; the idea is for you to bear this in mind while you're going through all the material in this unit. The "Background" section provides an introduction to, and an overview of, key social and ethical issues raised by GM crops. The "Selected Issues In Depth" section examines some of these issues more closely, with film clips from experts in the field. The readings required and recommended to support this unit are available in the "Readings" folder. The Discussion section will be opened for you and your fellow students at the determined date for discussion in this section. There is also an assessed Case Study on GM crops in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also include an "Additional Resources" section, with links to other relevant information on GM crops, including articles and websites.
What do you need to know in order to make an informed decision about whether a genetically engineered organism should be produced or used in a particular situation and location?