BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 380. HONORS SEMINAR

Section 001. Recent Developments in Reproductive and

Contraceptive Technologies

 Reinhold Hutz, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

TR 12:30-1:45

 

Reading

  • H.M. Lenhoff, Conception to Birth (required)

    P. Spallone and D.L. Steinberg, eds, Made to Order (optional)

  • C.D. Byer, L.W. Shainberg, and K.L. J6nes, Dimensions of Human Sexuality (optional)
  • S.S. Mader, Human Reproductive Bi2loU (optional)

    Additional texts available (e.g., R. Tannahill, Sex in History)

  • Course Description

    The primary aim of this course is to acquaint the student with the rapidly changing field of Reproductive Biology, 'and to apprise her/him of the methodologies that will impinge on the majority of us at some point in the future. The following is a partial listing of topics from among which the student may choose for a presentation; alternatively, the student may decide -on her/his own subject matter.

     

  • Pre-selection techniques for the determination of fetal sex Ovulation detection techniques

    Contraceptive development for men and women, including a "universal pill"

    for both sexes

    The "morning-after pill" (RU-486), a contragestational agent In-vitro fertilization/embryo transfer (IVF-ET), and gamete or zygote intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT/ZIFT)

    Do "real" differences exist between the sexes?

    Changing sex roles for men and women throughout history Feminist perspectives on abortion, "Choice," and genetic engineering tjse of fetal tissues in research

    Legal and ethical issues involved in "Surrogate" pregnancy AIDS: demography, history, treatment

    New reproductive technologies, including detection of genetic defects,

  • gene therapy, blastomere splitting, and fetal development ex utero
  • The student needs only a basic understanding of high school biology and chemistry, and an interest and willingness to probe these issues and discuss their implications openly.

     Student Work

     The latest developments in scientific and medical journals and in the popular press pertaining to Reproduction and Contraception will be discussed each week prior to the seminars. Each student will prepare an oral presentation, three 2-3 page papers, and a longer paper of 7-8 pages.