The term “molecular genetics” encompasses the study of how the genome functions on a molecular scale, and describes a group of tools that can be used to answer questions on nearly all biological topics and scales of study. Because the term encompasses such a variety of topics and tools, this course should be useful to all biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or molecular biology students, regardless of the main interest/s of each student. Prerequisite: BIO 234.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the known types of genes, and identify how each produces one or more phenotype/s.
- Describe and use major molecular genetic tools and techniques, e.g. gene discovery, determination of gene function, and genome editing.
- Provide examples of how molecular genetic tools or concepts could be used in your planned post-graduate career.
- Identify and critically discuss ethical issues surrounding modern genetic and genomic methods and clinical applications.
- Teacher: Rose Reynolds