Biodiversity Achieved Lab

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Biodiversity Achieved Lab

Fall 2021

Taught By: Katayoun Chamany

Section: A

CRN: 7241

Credits: 4

In this lab/discussion course, students will gain an understanding of genetic diversity both through natural means such as sexual reproduction, migration, and species diversity, as well as by manipulation such as in genetic engineering and breeding. The lab experiments will include two simulated modules. In the first module, students will evaluate the benefits and risks of using DNA identification in legal and cultural settings, type their own DNA, and discuss how human genetic diversity can arise from natural and social pressures. In the second module, students will participate in a simulated case study involving the isolation and identification of an indigenous cancer-curing agent from the leaves of the Amazon Rainforest, and discussions will focus on the conservation of indigenous knowledge, culture, and land as well as the science and politics of bringing a drug to market. The final exam simulates a patent hearing between two seed companies to determine whether the genetic modifications made to the two seeds are identical or different. Students will role-play as scientific experts for various experiments and data brought to bear on the case determine whether a patent infringement occurred.This course satisfies the Science Lab requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science and Environmental Studies majors. Prerequisite for the course LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment and Behavior or college course in genetics. Permission of instructor required during registration

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (LSTS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:32pm 10/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 618

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021