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BS801, General Education Requirement – Prescribed Elective
Time: Wednesday, 1.30 pm – 4.20 pm
Room: LT1A
The study of genes and DNA is fascinating. Since the days of Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk who
puttered in a monastery garden, to Watson and Crick, who figured out the structure of the DNA molecule, to
Ian Wilmut, who cloned Dolly the sheep from an adult ewe’s DNA, a tremendous number of things
happened in the field of genetics in a relatively short period of time. Just check today’s newspaper, and
you’ll probably read about a new gene that some scientist has discovered. Therefore, we need to know more
about how our genes work so we can understand more about ourselves. The lecture series GenesRus
introduces students to general fundamentals of genetics, the history of discoveries in this field, genetic
engineering and its application in medicine. By first walking through the cell it will become clear that the
biological cell is really a kind of "biochemical factory" in which the chemical reactions necessary for vital
functions occur. This is followed by an introduction of classical genetics and basic information about the
elements making up a chromosome and a gene. Subsequent topics include the basics of genetic engineering
and its application in medicine and the production of drugs. By discussing the principles of cancer, virusand malaria infection and its relation to genetic changes, the lecture will shine some light on these very
important human diseases. Finally, the role of genetics in the emerging field of plant engineering will be
discussed at an introductory level.
15/08/07 Me, My Cell, and I
- What is in a cell?
G. Grüber
22/08/07 The chemical building blocks of life
G. Grüber
29/08/07 Walking to the poles
- Mitosis; what happens to chromosomes during
cell division
- Meiosis; sperm and egg are single cells with
only half the normal number of chromosomes
Li Hoi Yeung
05/09/07 DNA: The basis of life
- DNA? Is that a goverment agency?
- The genetic code
G. Grüber
12/09/07 Discovery of the gene
- How a monk found the gene.
G. Grüber
19/09/07 Molecular biotechnology
- Mutation, or a change of genes
C. C. Sze
03/10/07 Viruses, a sort of alive and not alive ...
- More than just bit of nucleic acid wrapped up in
a protein
- Landing of a bacterium and injecting it
R. J. Sugrue
10/10/07 Gene and Cancer
- What are the cancer-critical genes?
V. C. Lin
17/10/07 Genetics and your health
- Mutation and inherited Diseases
Z. Bozdech
24/10/07 Sexual or asexual that is the question?
- The life-cycle of the human malaria parasites
P. R. Preiser
31/10/07 Genetics and your world
-Tasty cuisine or Frankenfoods?
G. Grüber
07/11/07 Genetherapy
P. Dröge
Associate Prof. Dr. Gerhard Grüber
Nanyang Technological University
School of Biological Sciences
Division of Structural & Computational Biology
60 Nanyang Drive, 03s-50
Singapore 637551
Tel. (office): (65) 6316 2989
Fax: (65) 6791 3856
email: [email protected]