21A.303[J] The Anthropology of Biology


Class Info

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.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.303[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by S. Helmreich.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays in 26-142.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

You can find more information at the "What Is Life?" Class Site site.

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