Genetically Engineered Life

  • Instructor Dr. Caralina Evsikova
  • Code BIO15
  • Student Ages 13–18
  • Term Spring Semester 2024
  • Day Tuesday
  • Time 2:00 P.M.


In the 21st century, genetics and biotechnology have helped countless families to conceive millions of children worldwide. Currently, modern genetic engineering to remove or insert DNA is becoming feasible as a therapy in clinical medicine to treat inherited diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, and in fertility treatments with human embryos, whose genetic makeup has been selected to remove genes associated with disease.

This course covers the biology involved in genetic engineering, its application in embryos to prevent inherited disease before birth, and the bioethical concerns surrounding this technology for the enhancement of human traits, with implications for the wider society.

Class Meetings: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Dates: January 16 – May 14

Student Expectations: Each week there will be a list of assignments and activities for the next week posted in the online classroom. These may include readings, videos, websites, questions, quizzes, and short essays. Students must complete the assignments, which are due the following week before class.

Student Support: The instructor is available by email.

Feedback/Assessment: The instructor will provide written feedback on activities and assignments.

Materials/Supplies: All necessary readings and assignments will be provided online.

Prerequisites: None


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