Biotechnology’s contribution to modern health care stretches far beyond developing new therapeutic entities. This course provides an overview of key cutting-edge technologies such as stem-cell research and therapeutic cloning and demonstrates how their applications change “the conventional” in terms of availability of new treatments, monitoring services and diagnostics. The course also covers the Human Genome Project and its implications for health care and epigenetic modifications of the genome and their role in disease. The course also highlights the role of biotechnology in managing a number of sociologically high-impact diseases in developed and developing countries.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.