Crop Biotech Update

Cornell University and edX Offer GMO-focused Massive Open Online Course

August 31, 2016

Cornell University and edX are offering a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores the political debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and society. Science and Politics of the GMO will run for five weeks, beginning on September 13, 2016. It is free and open to anyone, anywhere, with an internet connection.

Cornell University Professor Sarah Evanega says, "As faculty developing this course, our intention is not to influence how people feel about GMOs, but to offer information literacy tools to help people make their own informed decisions. We also hope to help students understand the broader impacts of the decisions we make as individuals on society as a whole."

Students will learn the basics of genetic engineering, and will review the arguments for and against the technology's use. The course will also study the politics surrounding GMOs, and its impact at both individual level and on society as a whole, including problems, perceptions, benefits, and risks associated with GMOs.

To enroll, visit the edX website.