BIOL 546 (Fall)

Genetics of Model Systems

(Given in alternate years; offered in 2019-2020)

S. Hekimi
Bellini 268
(514) 398-6440
3 credits (3-0-6)
BIOL 202, BIOL 300 or permission;  BIOL 303 recommended
The course will provide an introduction to the genetics and molecular genetics of unicellular, plant, invertebrate and vertebrate model systems, including, among others, E. coli, yeast, Arabidopsis, Caenorhabditis, Drosophila, Zebra fish, and mice. We will examine the characteristics of each system, how the systems have been most successfully used (their advantages and disadvantages) and, using chosen topics, how findings with these systems are shaping our understanding of basic principles in the life sciences.

Recent research articles and reviews. No textbook will be used.
Each new topic will be introduced by the instructor and sometimes by an invited lecturer specialized in the use of a particular model system. Classes will be devoted to student seminars and critical discussions of recent research articles.

One long oral presentation and participation in discussions.

Last update: March 25, 2019

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