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

Aims/Description: This module provides an introduction to molecular biology and is focused on how cells store and express genetic information, together with the application of this knowledge to genetic engineering. In the first part of the module, the structural organisation of eukaryotic cells and the storage of genetic information at the molecular level will be considered. The molecular mechanisms by which genetic information is used and how genes can be switched on and off will then be addressed. We shall then consider how specific proteins are targeted to their site of action within the cell. The second part of the module is concerned with how loss of controlled gene expression within cells can lead to cancer, and how our knowledge of gene expression can be applied to clone DNA in order to engineer proteins and cells.

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
WebCT resources are available for this module

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