Fall 2007

Genome Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-27


Michael E. Hood (Section 01)


A study of the architecture and interactions of genetic systems. Advances in genomics are resulting in new approaches to a variety of important issues, from conservation biology to disease prevention and treatment. We will address how heritable information is organized in diverse types of organisms and the consequences for shaping species traits and long-term evolutionary potential. We will cover the major challenges of this emerging research field, including techniques for dealing with vast amounts of DNA sequence data. We will also critically review the concept of the genome as a "cooperative assemblage of genetic elements." Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Requisites: Biology 18 and 19. Limited to 30 students. First semester. Professor Hood.