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Engineering Life: Synbio, Bioethics & Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University

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Synbio is a diverse field with diverse applications, and the different contexts (e.g., gain-of-function research, biofuels) raise different ethical and governance challenges. The objective of this course is to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of ethical and policy/governance issues that arise in the design, conduct and application of synthetic biology. The course will begin with a short history of recombinant DNA technology and how governance of that science developed and evolved, and progress through a series of areas of application of synbio. Content will be presented in many forms, including not only reading and lectures, but also recorded and live interviews and discussions with scientists, ethicists and policy makers. Learners will have the opportunity to think, write and talk about the issues and challenges in their own work and in real-life case examples. A final project will engage students in the development of governance models for synbio....


创建者 JQ

Jul 28, 2017

fun and interesting course. very well taught by somebody obviously knowledgeable. Thanks so much.

创建者 TN

Jun 16, 2017

Highly thought-provoking. One of the most interesting classes I have taken on Coursera.


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Nov 27, 2018

Nice experience

创建者 Alexis Norris

Sep 12, 2018

Dr. Matthews is a fantastic instructor; Slide deck is great.

创建者 José Eduardo Martínez Albarrán

May 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this course, excellent explanations and very good class material.

创建者 Vanessa Cristina de Carvalho Luz

Apr 15, 2018

I really enjoyed taking this course. It was very interesting and informative for me. The course allowed me to get a deeper and more broad points of view about the topics of ethical issues related to synthetic biology and biotechnology. Thank you professor Debra Mathews and to all involved in this course!

创建者 Jonathan Golland

Feb 24, 2018

fascinating course about genetics and disease. However, it's kind of a no-brainer to know that their unethical and ethical ways to use genetics. Lord knows some mad scientist is going to use this technology to create a new disease or some sort of Frankenstein to unleash upon the world.


Jul 28, 2017

fun and interesting course. very well taught by somebody obviously knowledgeable. Thanks so much.