BIOL 520 (Winter)

Gene Activity in Development

R. Roy
(514) 398-6437
3 credits (3-0-6)
BIOL 300, BIOL 303, or permission of instructor.
A critical examination of recent literature on the role and regulation of gene activity during development. The emphasis will be on molecular and genetic analyses. Topics will vary from year to year but are likely to include: transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression during cellular differentiation; analyses of sequences and factors involved in cellular determination; oocyte and embryonic patterning. These topics will be presented with emphasis on a few currently important developmental systems chosen from: insects (Drosophila), nematodes (C. elegans), non-mammalian vertebrates (Xenopus / zebrafish), mammals (mice), and plants (Arabidopsis).
Discussions will be initially led by professors, but each student will lead one class as well during the term. Recent research papers will be discussed in class.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of their oral and written presentations and on course participation.

Last update: March 25, 2019

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