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LTE 199H1S, L0422 - Genes, Genomes and Us
Not offered in 2015-16
Lecturers:
Prof. A. Bruce
[email protected]
Since the completion of the human genome sequence, we now have access to more information than ever
before about our genetic make-up. The human genome contains 3 billion base pairs of DNA, encoding an
estimated 25,000 genes, which are the basic units of heredity. This course addresses questions such as
what are genes, how are they identified and how does knowledge about genes impact society at large.
Students will explore the basic concepts that explain the genetic foundations of complex traits, with a major
focus on how this information is used to understand, treat and potentially prevent human diseases. Topics
include gene therapy, personalized medicine, cloning and stem cells. The significance of genomic research
for understanding human biology, and the social consequences that may result from it, are discussed and
debated. Evaluation is based on class discussions, oral presentations and written assignments.