This course will serve as an introduction to the medical genetics, focusing our discussions towards understanding many of the most common human diseases and conditions. We will look into the underlying genetic causes, how some of these give rise to altered and/or dysfunctional proteins and subsequently disease, and how individuals acquire their genetic variation. Additional topics for discussion may include genetic testing methodologies, personalized genomics, population genetics, ethics in genetics, gene therapy, informed consent, the patenting of biological information, among others. In the laboratory, students will make use of allele specific PCR techniques in order to explore and characterize a few of their own genetic sequences, some of which are thought to control phenotypes such as blood type, eye color, and tasting ability.
This course satisfies: NS-1 and Upper-Level