John D. Loike, Ph.D.
This course examines two intimately related research areas, genetics and reproductive medicine. This course is designed to help students master the multi-disciplinary skills and diverse cultural principles and guidelines needed to develop a personalized ethical approach to deal with human genetics and reproductive medicine. This course will focus on integrating both the underlying biology as well as the societal and ethical challenges of these biotechnologies. The aim of this course is to offer an in- depth scientific understanding of new biotechnologies and an exploration of key ethical challenges and controversies surrounding recent developments in: genetic diagnosis, infertility, assisted reproductive technology, research in human genetics and reproduction, and the clinical use of non-gamete cells for human reproduction Another aim of this course is to help professionals understand how different cultural backgrounds address how one balances respect for human dignity, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice in creating ethical guidelines surrounding these recent scientific advancements.