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Dr. Sakaguchi's Courses

LAS103D (Section 1)

Stem Cells and Cellular Engineering: Biomedical Applications, Politics, and Ethics

Instructor: Dr. Don Sakaguchi
Day and Time: Mondays, 4:10-5PM (spring semester)
Target Student Population: Students from any major interested in stem cells (such as BIOL, GEN, POL S, PSYCH, PHIL, ENGR, BBMB, etc.)
Are you interested in stem cells? Advances in stem cell research are occurring at a rapid pace. New discoveries may lead to regenerative therapies for diabetes, heart disease, neurodegenerative conditions, and even blindness. Realizing the potential benefits requires continued scientific advances but also negotiation of regulatory issues, ethical considerations and the political climate. Learn about, and discuss important issues surrounding stem cell biology (embryonic, adult and induced stem cells), ethics, and politics. We will discuss all of these topics and methods to harness the power of stem cells using cellular engineering approaches. As a student, you’ll participate in weekly presentations on current events relevant to stem cells (biology, ethics, and politics). Come join the fun!!