Advances in medical science give us an ever-increasing mastery of our "natural" reproductive processes. Technologies for controlling our fertility, diagnosing and treating the fetus, and allowing premature neonates to complete their development ex-utero challenge our traditional ideas of parenthood, family, and even personal identity. This seminar course addresses a myriad of economic, sociocultural, ethical, and legal questions by the new reproductive technologies. The course is discussion-based, includes a semester-long project, and involves technology applications.
Successful completion of BIO 111/113 and 112/114 or permission of instructor are required.