10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: Minimum A Level in Biology recommended at grade B, not open to BMS students.

Aims/Description: This unit aims to provide students with a general introduction to Developmental Biology. The approach will be concept-based, with an emphasis on the importance of cell-cell signalling and the regulation of gene expression in generating cell differences in the embryo. The life cycles and embryology of the main animal model systems will be covered, together with an introduction to key embryological, molecular and genetic techniques. The relevance of developmental biology to the study of human disease will be exemplified throughout. Teaching will take place in a formal lecture environment, supplemented by a modular tutorial. Assessment will be by formal examination

Staff Contact: Tanya Whitfield
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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