Aims/Description: This module will introduce the major concepts in molecular evolutionary biology before going on to explore in more depth how DNA sequences and genomes can be used in evolutionary biology. It will examine some of the cases where genes underlying phenotypic variation and adaptive evolution have been identified. It will also explore the insights that have been gained by investigating molecular evolution across the tree of life from microbes to humans. Through a mixture of lectures and computer-based practicals students will learn bioinformatic skills, including investigation of rates and patterns of molecular evolution to identify when genes have evolved adaptively.

Staff Contact: NADEAU NICOLA
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study

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