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    Vassar College
  Dec 15, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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BIOL 248 - Evolutionary Genetics

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
This course focuses on the genetic bases of evolutionary processes and the applications of genetics in evolutionary studies.  Topics include reviews of transmission (Mendelian) genetics, DNA replication, transcription, and translation; the origin of meiosis and sexual reproduction; the microevolutionary processes of mutation, selection, genetic drift, and gene flow; the genetics of speciation; the origins of new genes; gene regulation and macroevolution; epigenetics and evolution; evolutionary genomics; and applications of evolutionary genetics to pressing societal concerns such as antibiotic, herbicide, and pesticide resistance; conservation biology; GMOs; and climate change.  Laboratories include computer simulations and bench work utilizing a variety of currently employed genetic techniques.  This course is especially appropriate for Biology majors focusing on ecology and evolution, Environmental Studies majors doing biology concentrations, and Neuroscience majors focusing on behavioral ecology and evolution. It provides good background for these advanced Biology courses:  BIOL 352 - Conservation Biology ; BIOL 353 - Bioinformatics ; BIOL 355 - Ecology and Evolution of Sexual Reproduction ; BIOL 383 ; and BIOL 387 - Symbiotic Interactions .  Margaret Ronsheim, Mark Schlessman.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 106  or ENST 124 , or permission of the instructor prior to registration.

Two 75-minute periods; one 4-hour laboratory.

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