Pre-requisites: A-level Biology grade C or equivalent

Aims/Description: This module introduces the principles of genetics and considers the application of these principles to diverse aspects of biology and human welfare. The genetic systems of higher organisms and microbes are described, including mechanisms of gene transmission and genetic exchange, mutation, and gene mapping. Human examples are stressed where appropriate, with the biodiversity of life reflected through the consideration of a range of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Applications include fundamental studies in other biological disciplines, such as evolutionary and developmental biology, as well as topics more directly concerning human welfare, such as the genetic and biochemical bases of inherited disorders, prenatal diagnosis, genetic counselling, gene therapy, and the genetic basis of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Restrictions on availability: For students outside of MBB A-level Biology at grade B or equivalent

Staff Contact: Dr Patrick Baker
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom Testing, Group Project
WebCT resources are available for this module

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