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Instructor Info:John Castorino
Office Extension x6239
TA Info:Cristina D'Ancona
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
Description:

Genetics is traditionally the study of heredity - the passing of traits from parent to offspring. We have come to know that much of heredity is based on the information encoded in our genes. However, increasing evidence supports the notion that external factors can significantly influence this passing of traits. We will investigate many "traditional" areas of genetics, ranging from basic topics such as DNA structure and Mendelian inheritance to more advanced topics such as regulation of gene expression. Additionally, we will supplement the class with recent primary articles to put the information we learn into a modern research context. In all, we will learn how the various aspects of heredity relate to the current understanding of human disease. Students will be evaluated on presentations, weekly problem sets, and a semester-long research paper.

Course Objectives:

1. Gain an understanding of genetics and the wide array of biology that genetics impacts (with a focus on human biology).

2. Gain an understanding what epigenetics encompasses and how it impacts life.

3. Become comfortable with reading primary scientific literature and scientific internet resources.

4. Improve presentation skills.

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated based off of (semi)weekly problem sets, presentations, and a semester-long research paper. You are guaranteed an evaluation if you come to class prepared, participate, and perform all assignments.