Biodiversity Achieved Lab
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Course Number: LSCI 3030
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
In this lab/discussion course, students will gain an understanding of genetic diversity both through natural means such as sexual reproduction, migration, and species diversity, as well as by manipulation such as in genetic engineering and breeding. The lab experiments will include two simulated modules. In the first module, students will evaluate the benefits and risks of using DNA identification in legal and cultural settings, type their own DNA, and discuss how human genetic diversity can arise from natural and social pressures. In the second module, students will isolate and identify an indigenous cancer-curing agent from the leaves of the Amazon Rain Forest, and discussions will focus on the conservation of culture and land as well as the politics of bringing a drug to market. The final exam simulates a patent hearing between two seed companies to determine whether the genetic modifications made to the two seeds are identical or different.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite for the course Genes, Environment and Behavior or course in genetics. Permission of instructor required during registration


Open to Undergraduate students.