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Genomics and molecular genetics (6 points)


Leader: Professor John Hamill

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

Synopsis: Structural components of eukaryotic genomes, from unicellular to multicellular organisms including humans are considered and mechanisms controlling gene expression in response to environmental or developmental stimuli are examined in detail. Current developments in the rapidly advancing field of genomics will be considered. Topics will include the human genome project and its implications for health management, medical practice and developmental human biology; use of genomics in agricultural biotechnology to develop better crops and livestock through molecular breeding programs and genetic engineering technology; ethical and social considerations arising from this new knowledge.

Assessment: End of semester written examination: 50% + Practical exercise reports and problem solving exercises: 35% + Assignment (critical literature review and/or database analysis, 2000 words): 15%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures; one 3-hour practical exercises or computer database analysis session

Prerequisites: At least 12 points from second year Genetics or Molecular Biology units + Recommended: GEN2041 and MOL2011

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