Course Description

“WHO’S THE MONSTER?” HON 2990: Who’s the Monster?​

This course is designed to analyze works of fiction for their greater applications in today’s world of scientific exploration and progress. The work and its interplay into modifying the genome offer an ideal segue into the phenomenon known as CRISPR, which allows for gene editing in the name of eugenics. All novels in Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” series in conjunction with Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” will be analyzed and compared against each other, as well as current and projected technologies, protocols, and ethical considerations. ​

The hypothetical monsters of an author’s imagination may well become accepted “cutting edge” science in the 21st century. This course helps students better understand the ranges and expectations of man’s quest for knowledge and immortality...answering the age-old question of “Who’s the monster now?”

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