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21A.303 21A.303[J] The Anthropology of Biology

Prereq: None
Acad Year 2017-2018: Not offered
Acad Year 2018-2019: U (Fall)

12 Units. HASS-S

Applies the tools of anthropology to examine biology in the age of genomics, biotechnological enterprise, biodiversity conservation, pharmaceutical bioprospecting, and synthetic biology. Examines such social concerns such as bioterrorism, genetic modification, and cloning. Offers an anthropological inquiry into how the substances and explanations of biology — ecological, organismic, cellular, molecular, genetic, informatic — are changing. Examines such artifacts as cell lines, biodiversity databases, and artificial life models, and using primary sources in biology, social studies of the life sciences, and literary and cinematic materials, asks how we might answer Erwin Schrodinger's 1944 question, "What Is Life?", today.

S. Helmreich

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Same subject as STS.060[J]

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...Course 21 Humanities Course 21A Anthropology Course 21H...Same subject as 17.303[J] Prereq: 11...

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...Course 21 Humanities Course 21A Anthropology Course 21H...Same subject as 17.303[J] Prereq: 11...