Aims/Description: This module explores how recent developments in high-throughput methodologies, genomics, bioinformatics and synthetic biology in microbes is transforming biotechnology. Approaches to producing valuable and novel products from microbial cell factories will be examined. Students will learn to appreciate the (1) fast pace at which modern industrial biotechnology is developing, (2) behavioural complexity of biological systems, (3) associated difficulties of predicting biological behaviour in areas such as industrial biotechnology and drug development and (4) emerging approaches to overcome these challenges. Students will work both individually and in small groups, to develop presentation skills and the critical skills required for evaluation of primary literature.

Restrictions on availability: Normally available only to PGT students in MBB


Information on the department responsible for this unit (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK