Self-Perpetuating Structural States in Biology, Genetics, and Disease|
Fall 2010 not offered
Using a variety of examples from cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry, this course will examine the template-dependent processes governing the perpetuation of genotypes, phenotypes, and cellular organelles. Topics covered in detail will include the molecular biology of prions (infectious proteins), the mechanisms underlying epigenetic inheritance of gene expression states, and the reproduction of cellular structures required for chromosome segregation. We will also examine the goals and progress of the emerging field of synthetic biology, contemplating the prospects of building complex biological systems from the ground up.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(MB&B)
Articles from the primary literature will be supplemented with handouts from the instructor.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
In class exams, short homework essay assignments, and short in class presentations by students.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Advanced undergraduates are encouraged to take this course. If you have not taken MB&B 208 and you feel you have a sufficient background in the subject you should talk to Dr. Holmes about a Prerequisite Override.
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