BIO 662: Ethical Issues in Human Genetics and Genomics

Dates 3 & 10 February 2023, 9.15 am - 5:15 pm
Content This course addresses different types of ethical issues in the context of research in genetics and genomics. We will discuss different case studies that illustrate moral problems and dilemmas that researchers in this field may encounter. Moreover, we will talk about social impacts and consequences of research in genetic and genomics. We will particularly focus on ethical issues raised by these developments and the role and responsibility of scientists in these discourses. To prepare these practical discussions of ethical issues, the course also provides a general introduction to some central ethical theories and concepts.
Learning outcome
  • Be familiar with some basic ethical theories and concepts
  • Be able to recognize ethical issues in societal debates
  • Be sensitized for ethical issues in everyday scientific work
  • Be aware for societal implications of research in genetics and genomics
  • Understand moral concerns raised by research in genetic and genomics.
  • Be aware of the particular role as a scientist and expert in society
Pre-requisites for  participation           Accepted in PhD programme MLS
Instructor   Dr. Anna Deplazes
Venue University of Zurich, Irchel Campus, room Y 21 D 68a
ECTS 1.0