BIOL377: Special Topics-Molecular Genetics


Course Description:

Evolution and molecular organization of the cell, macromolecules of organisms and gene expression.

Emphasis placed on recombinant DNA techniques, genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Five hours lecture. Prerequisite: BIOL 304.


Course Goals:

In this course we will examine the core concepts in molecular genetics, including DNA structure, replication and repair, gene expression, regulation of gene expression as well as topics involved in biotechnology. Upon completion of this course, you are expected to be able to:

•Define and describe the chemical structure of both DNA and RNA at the molecular and macromolecular level. •Describe the process of replication including enzymes involved.

•Describe transcription and translation in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

•Understand how and why mutations occur, what mechanisms are involved in repair of mutations and what effect mutations have in the short term and evolutionarily.

•Finally, an emphasis will be placed on the ability to interpret data that is the direct result of recombinant DNA techniques and procedures.



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Syllabus for Spring 2011