Genetics (BIO 303)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Mol.Bio.Genetic&Bioengin.(BIO)
4
6.00 / 7.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Christopher Mayack cmayack@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
NS201
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar,Recitation,Laboratory
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning,Guided discovery
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CONTENT

Aims to illustrate the basic principles of molecular and evolutionary genetics from Mendel to modern molecular biology. Examples will be chosen from prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and topics include: principles of heredity and variation and their application to evolution and development, phsicochemical nature of the gene, problems of recombination and gene action, selection.

OBJECTIVE

To teach fundamentals of traditional and modern concepts genetics.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Identify the concepts of heredity, the chemical nature of the hereditary material, and its action.
Describe the rewarding uses of genetics in their other subjects, e.g., biology, medicine.
Interpret genetic information, such as popular news reports, management decisions faced by your company, and personal health choices of you or your family.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 15.2
Midterm 30.5
Exam 7.7
Term-Paper 15.2
Case Study 6.3
Participation 1.7
Group Project 3.9
Written Report 7.8
Presentation 3.9
Homework 7.8

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Daniel L. Hartl, Essential Genetics: a genomics perspective, Jones and Bartlett Learning

Readings

Recommended Readings:

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Violinist's Thumb by a New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean

Journal article readings (mandatory):

CRISPR: gene editing is just the beginning

Design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome

Genetic variation in aggregation behaviour and interacting phenotypes in Drosophila

PITX3 genotype and risk of dementia in Parkinson's disease: A population based study