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Genetics of Development (6 points)


Leader: Professor David Smyth

Malaysia Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores how genes control the unfolding of the body plan following fertilization, and genetic processes in organogenesis, tissue differentiation. A comparative approach is used, based on model organisms including yeast, Arabidopsis, a nematode, a fly and the mouse. The impact of genome sequence projects is highlighted. Implications for medicine (e.g. birth defects, tissue replacement) and animal and plant production (e.g. genetically modified organisms) will be explored. Experience in modern molecular and cytological techniques is offered.

Assessment: Examination (3 hours): 50% + Practical reports: 35% + Written assignment (2,000 words): 15%

Contact Hours: 5 hours per week (2 hours lectures, 3 hours practicals/tutorials/discussion groups)

Prerequisites: 12 points from second level GEN, MOL, BOT and ZOO or BMS2021 and BMS2042 + Recommended: GEN2041 or BMS2042

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