GEB312 - Genetics and Bioethics
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Genetics and Bioethics
GEB312 is a one semester course (3 hrs per week) dealing with some of the more important philosophical and practical issues confronting the veterinary technician.
The commercial exploitation of plants and animals is not a recent phenomenon. Horticulture and agriculture, for example, have been practised since ancient times. This course, however, will concentrate on the application of molecular biology to cellular manipulation. You study recombinant DNA technology and other forms of genetic engineering, antibody and drug production, tissue culturing, plant and animal breeding programmes, and the ethical and legal issues surrounding various types of genetic research. Accordingly, you will appreciate a scientific activity which directly affects medicine, agriculture, a multitude of business activities, as well as the environment itself.
Following an introduction to animal genetics, the second half of the course will deal with the ethics of animal breeding programs and animal research.
The animal rights movement has recently raised a number of important issues which pertain to the care and treatment of animals. This course will provide veterinary technician students with a forum for discussing these issues. Accordingly, it is proposed to examine the legal aspects of animal care, including the use of animals for research purposes and the possible use of alternative approaches, as well as the aims and objectives of the various animal rights groups. In addition, the course will examine the relative merits of animal breeding programmes and factory farming methods. Lastly, the domestication of animals and the concept of "companion animals" will be evaluated.
One credit in the Veterinary Technician Program.
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1) describe the benefits and the risk of the biotechnological revolution;
2) describe how scientific practitioners manipulate living materials such as:
a) animal cells and tissues
b) plant cells and tissues:
3) identify the useful and detrimental metabolic products of microorganisms;
4) describe the principles behind genetic engineering and recombinant DNA technology;
5) demonstrate an ability to determine the inheritance patterns animals using
Mendelian principles such as:
a) single factor inheritance patterns
b) multiple factor inheritance patterns
c) sex-linked traits
d) describe the major chromosomal abnormalities in animals
6) describe the ethical and legal complications of biotechnology such as:
a) restrictions on confidentiality and disclosure
b) surrogate motherhood
c) embryo transplants in humans and animals
d) patenting of animals and plants
e) scientific benefits of DNA technology
7) describe our current attitudes and perceptions with regard to animals.
8) describe how animals have been bred for food, sport and for companionship.
9) describe typical breeding management programs in parks, game farms and zoos.
10) describe how animals are utilized in biomedical research.
11) discuss the question, "Do animals have rights?"
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