2020(S08) Lecture:week 6

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Week 6 Tuesday

Guest lecture: Jon Beckwith

Jon Beckwith, one of the earliest genetic engineers, will speak with our class today. Jon is a remarkable scientist who pioneered genetic research techniques that reveal fundamental properties related to protein secretion, membrane protein structure and cell division. And as you read in the chapter you were assigned from his memoir, "Making Genes Making Waves," Jon has also argued that scientists have a special duty to societybecause of the kind of work they do and has lived his life accordingly. His talk will address

  • genetics and society
  • the role of scientists from eugenics up to today
  • Science for the People
  • recombinant DNA to the Human Genome Project to today.
    He may also make passing reference to the differing trajectory of atomic physicists. We will leave time at the end for you to ask questions (either the one you brought to class or one you thought of during his lecture).


Complete your Lecture Response Log, describing what you heard today about social responsibility and how it fits or doesn't with your own belief system and plans for your career. As possible, include thoughts about the Cambridge City Council Hearings from 1976 as well as your personal experience with backyard biology and biohacking. Upload your response to the homework dropbox that's here.

Week 6 Studio

3 ideas presentation

Today we will hear from each topic area. After each presentation you will be asked to score the presentations on their relative merits according to the 4 areas you've been asked to address.

Week 6 Thursday

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