10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: MBB320

Aims/Description: Genetic factors influence our susceptibility to many common diseases, but the way in which these genetic factors operate is complex and still poorly understood. However, identification of the factors involved will lead to novel treatments, possibly involving personalised medicine based on the genetic constitution of the affected individual. This course reviews the ways in which the genetic factors involved in common diseases can be analysed. Chromosomal changes are another major source of medical disorders. The course will consider the different types of chromosomal mutations that occur and the mistakes in meiosis from which they arise.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam
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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK