About this Course
Many public policy debates are deeply rooted in science. Prominent examples include global climate change, abortion, homosexuality, DNA forensics, evolution, genetically modified organisms, and debates over the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs. Sometimes the underlying science is sound, but it is seriously distorted when communicated to the public. Other times, litigation or polarized public debate leads to seriously biased scientific research being conducted in the first place, as has sometimes happened with litigation-driven medical research.