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The Science and Politics of the GMO

What exactly are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and why do scientists develop them? Studying the science of GMOs helps us understand biotechnology’s potential role in addressing challenges in agriculture.

In this introductory Food and Nutrition course, you will learn the basics of genetic engineering, explore the political debate around the GMO and review the arguments for and against their use.

We will study the politics surrounding the GMO and its impact at both an individual level and to society as a whole; including the problems, perceptions, benefits, and risks associated with GMOs. Important to understanding the complexities around this topic we will not only be looking at the science behind how the GMO works, but also to the limitations of this science. We will also discuss the importance of information literacy as a tool for effectively identifying and evaluating issues.

Our goal is that this MOOC will impact people's understanding of science, what it can and can't do, and how information is transmitted. The intent is not to influence how people feel about GMOs, but to give them the critical thinking and scientific literacy tools necessary to make informed decisions — and to understand the broader impacts of those decisions.

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Rating 4.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 3 - 4 hours per week
Starts Mar 1 (134 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructors Sarah Evanega, Ronald Herring, David Just, Jaron Porciello, Rebecca Harrison
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Language English
Subjects Science Social Sciences Personal Development
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Rating 4.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 3 - 4 hours per week
Starts Mar 1 (134 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Cornell University, CornellX via edX
Instructors Sarah Evanega, Ronald Herring, David Just, Jaron Porciello, Rebecca Harrison
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Social Sciences Personal Development
Tags Biology & Life Sciences Science Social Sciences Food & Nutrition

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