The Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) is an interdisciplinary unit within the UCLA Division of Life Sciences. ISG encourages scholarly research and educates students and the public about the ethical, legal and societal implications of modern genetics and biotechnologies. We offer undergraduate courses, major degrees in Human Biology and Society, B.A. and in Human Biology and Society, B.S., a minor in Society and Genetics, and fellowships for postdoctoral study.
Themes central to our interests include Epigenetics and Epigenomics; Bioethics and Public Science Policy; Medical Genetics and Public Health; Population Genetics and History (and the nexus of studies of human genetics, archeology, linguistics, history and culture); Evolutionary Biology, Culture and Behavior; and Historical and Social Studies of Science.