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Title : 21A.303J Anthropology of Biology (MIT)

Title : 21A.303J Anthropology of Biology (MIT)

Description : This course applies the tools of anthropology to examine biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. It examines such social concerns such as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning. It offers an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology—ecological, organismic, cellular, molecular, genetic, informatic—are changing. It examines such artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artificial life models, and using primary sources in biology, social studies of the life sciences, and literary and cinematic materials, and asks how we might answer Erwin Schrodinger's 1944 question, "What Is Life?" today.

Description : This course applies the tools of anthropology to examine biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. It examines such social concerns such as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning. It offers an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology—ecological, organismic, cellular, molecular, genetic, informatic—are changing. It examines such artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artificial life models, and using primary sources in biology, social studies of the life sciences, and literary and cinematic materials, and asks how we might answer Erwin Schrodinger's 1944 question, "What Is Life?" today.

Fromsemester : Fall

Fromsemester : Fall

Fromyear : 2013

Fromyear : 2013

Creator :

Creator :

Date : 2014-06-27T14:51:30+05:00

Date : 2014-06-27T14:51:30+05:00

Relation : 21A.303J

Relation : 21A.303J

Relation : STS.060J

Relation : STS.060J

Language : en-US

Language : en-US

Subject : 21A.303

Subject : 21A.303

Subject : STS.060

Subject : STS.060

Subject : biology

Subject : biology

Subject : anthropology of biology

Subject : anthropology of biology

Subject : biopolitics

Subject : biopolitics

Subject : bioethics

Subject : bioethics

Subject : biodiversity

Subject : biodiversity

Subject : biotechnology

Subject : biotechnology