Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Courses & Seminars
Below are sampling of genomics-related course titles and descriptions that have been offered at UC Santa Cruz. Genomics course and seminar offerings are subject to instructor availability and change with each quarter, so please check department catalogs for the latest UCSC course offerings in genomics.
Engineering Department Programs & Courses
Genomics-related course descriptions offered by The Jack Baskin School of Engineering:
- Computational Biology Tools, Biomolecular Engineering 110
This hands-on lecture and laboratory course
teachesbasic tools and skills being used in computational biology such as genome browsers, sequence database searching, motif analysis, multiple sequence alignment, gene finders, phylogeneticsanalysis, and protein structure visualization, amongst others.
- Seminar in Cancer Genomics, Biomolecular Engineering 281C
This genomics seminar focuses on utilizing current computational biology research to identify genomics-based signatures of cancer onset, progression, and treatment response. Students present their own research, host journal clubs, and attend lectures and teleconferences to learn about national and international projects conducting active cancer research.
- Seminar in Comparative Genomics, Biomolecular Engineering 281H
This weekly genomics seminar series is introducing students to current research in comparative genomics through discussion of the computational and experimental literature of the field.
- Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and Society, Biomolecular Engineering 80G
Guest speakers and the instructors lead discussions of major ethical questions that have arisen from research in genetics, medicine, and the industries supported by this knowledge.
Knowledge of the human genome can pose risks as well as benefits for society. Among the shorter-term risks
Beyond supporting legislation intended to address discrimination issues, we seek to involve a diverse array of societal groups in the process of developing and disseminating our new genetic knowledge. This is an exploration of all of the diversity and commonality of our human heritage. To help achieve this goal, we have applied for and received a supplement to our NHGRI grant that is specially designed to engage individuals from underrepresented groups in our research and educational mission.
Explore our diversity program for more information.