In recent decades, research has expanded our understanding of the contribution of genetic and developmental factors and disease vectors in many human diseases and abnormalities. This knowledge shapes how we manage and treat disease. This course will examine how scientists investigate the cell and genetic biology of disease using different cell and organism models. Each student will prepare a seminar on one topic (for example, type II diabetes, cholera, cervical cancer, retinoblastoma, malaria, spina bifida, alcoholism, etc.) that will be followed by a group discussion and exploration of recent peer-reviewed research. This course will enhance students' interpretive understanding of research and challenge the need for and ethical considerations of research.