Genes, Development and Inheritance

Module code: BS2026

This module, together with BS2009 Genomes, provides a strong foundation for advanced third year modules in genetics and molecular biology. We will examine the ways that organisms transmit and regulate their DNA and genes to understand how this knowledge can be used in modern molecular genetic analysis. The study of human genetics and disease and how genes control an organism’s development are two of the most vibrant areas of modern biology and this module will explore how molecular genetics can be used in these areas. 

Practical classes will cover the molecular genetics techniques to:

  • Carry out human sex testing and examine chromosome rearrangement
  • Development mutants to study cell fate in Drosophila
  • Use human DNA to analyse inheritance in families

Learning

  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 28 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 10 hours of tutorials
  • 90 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 2 hours (60%)
  • Experimental analysis (20%)
  • Essay, 1,500 words (20%)