Biodiversity & Biotechnology Lab

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Biodiversity&Biotechnology Lab
Fall 2023
Taught By: Katayoun Chamany
Section: A

CRN: 15707

Credits: 4

We review genetic diversity through natural means such as sexual reproduction, migration, and species diversity, as well as by manipulation such as in genetic engineering in ethnopharmacology and biotechnology. The lab experiments will include three simulated modules. In the first module, students will engage with a Simbio unit focused on planetary health and evolution (rainfall, climate, malaria). In the second module, students 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 third module, students will participate in a simulated case study involving the isolation and identification of an cancer-curing property contained in the leaves of the trees growing in 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. This course satisfies the Science Lab or Intermediate requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science major and minor, and the Natural Sciences Subject Area for Environmental Studies Majors and Minors. Prerequisite for the course is 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 (NSM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:44am EDT 9/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 618
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023