Biotechnology has been perceived and portrayed in various ways by Hollywood and filmmakers around the world. In this course, we will explore the occasionally wide gap between public perception and the way science really “works.” Students will view and discuss the portrayal of bio- and nanotechnologies in popular movies. Misconceptions and accurate portrayals will be analyzed to introduce students to a basic understanding of the latest exciting work in rapidly emerging areas such as genomics and epigenetics. Students will be given and overview of how some of these areas are being addressed in real research. Students will present science movie film clips and thumbs up/thumbs down reviews on the science and the art as a required assignment.
Paul Meers (Plant Biology)
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