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    Vassar College
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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BIOL 244 - Genetics and Genomics

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
From understanding the role of a single gene in a single organism to understanding how species evolve, the field of genomics provides a lens for studying biology at all scales. In this course we develop a foundational understanding of genetics concepts and processes, and then deploy this foundation to probe some of the hottest questions in genomics. How do genomes evolve? What makes us human? How can we combat emerging diseases? In the lab component, students learn molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, design and engineer a synthetic bio-machine from standard genomic parts, and use genomic approaches to understand how organisms interact with the environment. Jodi Schwarz.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 106 .

Three 50-minute periods; one 4-hour laboratory.



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