SCI1220 Human Genetics and Genomics with Laboratory

While the core concepts amongst the versions of Principles of Modern Biology are held in common, the emphasis in this section is on human genetics and genomics. We will explore how the mechanisms of evolution unite all of biology and this will be a common theme throughout the semester. The classical mechanisms and molecular underpinnings of genetic inheritance will be investigated as well as an in-depth study more complex events that influence the outward expression of genes. Ethical implications of genetic manipulations such as CRISPR technology and diagnostic testing will be discussed in depth. Genomics examples from the human, and canine genomes including the latest breaking findings in genetics and genomics will be studied. How geneticists think and work in the laboratory as professionals is explicitly demonstrated through actual student laboratory experience and discovered implicitly through selected case studies.