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Introduction to biotechnology (6 points)


Leader: Dr H Dean

Clayton First semester 2003 (OCL)
Clayton First semester 2004 (OCL)

Synopsis: This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to recombinant DNA technology, the basis of biotechnology. This includes a study of basic genetics and gene cloning, and the isolation and identification of separate genes. There will also be specialist presentations on cloning vectors. Topics concerning hybridization and labelling of probes and Southern, Northern and Western hybridizations and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) will be covered in detail. The unit will also cover gene expression systems (including prokaryotic expression systems and eukaryotic expression systems) and new approaches to DNA sequencing.

Assessment: Written assignments :35% + Preparation and submission of workbook:30% + Written theory exam:35%

Contact Hours: 12 weeks

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