Course Description

601: 579 Comparative Bioethics: The New Genetics (3)


This course examines the legal, social, religious and political issues raised by the new genetics.

Substantive issues include such areas as genetic testing, cloning, and stem cell research. The

course is centered on western secular bioethics and law, focusing of course on the United States.

Other legal systems, beliefs, practices are used as contrasts. The principal contrast is drawn

through materials on Jewish law, beliefs and practices, but other systems, both secular and

religious, will be used in the course over the years. This course is separate from other bioethics

courses, and there are no prerequisites. Grades are based on class participation and a take-home