Introduction to Genes & Genomes|
This introductory level course will examine genes and genomes from both biological and informatic perspectives. No biology background will be assumed. We will start with the fundamentals of genetics, from the historical development of the concept of the gene as a unit of function and transmission, to the identification of DNA as the hereditary molecule, to the molecular analysis of genes and gene function. We will then proceed to a bioinformatic perspective, considering not only how huge amounts of data, such as DNA and protein sequences, gene and chromosome maps, and protein structures and expression profiles, are being generated, but how they are being stored, organized, made available, analyzed, and integrated. Some discussion of ELSI, the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the Genome Project, will be included.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
There will be one main textbook (TBA) supplemented by readings from the web. We will also make use of genomic databases and analysis tools (including Human Genome Project) on the web.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three exams, several short writing assignments, problem sets, and web database exercises.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is particularly appropriate for those without biological backgrounds who are considering a bioinformatics concentration, or with a general interest in the field. This course is NOT appropriate for those who have already taken BIOL/MB&B 170, 181, 191, 205 or 206.
|Instructor(s): Appel,Laurel F. Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: X||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: 8||SO: 11||FR: 11|