Spring 2021

Genome Biology with Lab

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-381

Formerly listed as: BIOL-27


Michael E. Hood (Section 01)


A study of the architecture and interactions of genetic systems. Advances in genomics are providing insights into a variety of important issues, from the structural limits of DNA-based inheritance to the discovery of novel infectious and genetic diseases. We will address how heritable information is organized in different groups of organisms. We will also cover a major challenge of this emerging field—the application of vast amounts of genetic data to understanding genomic integrity and regulation. We will critically assess the genome as a "cooperative assemblage of genetic elements" and conclude by discussing the consequences of genomic structure for shaping species traits and long-term evolutionary potential. Three hours of lecture, and three hours of laboratory per week. Lab activities will require work outside of the scheduled meeting times.

Requisite: BIOL 181 and 191. Limited to 18 students.Spring Semester. Professor Hood.

Genome Biology will have in-person sessions for students able to attend and material provided remotely for those who need it.  This includes lecture, and lab material in the case of BIOL 381.  There will be live Zoom lectures for the remote students, which will also be recorded and available on demand.  To the extent possible, the lab component will include hands-on activities, in combination with data analysis and mathematical models.

If Overenrolled: Based upon having prerequisite courses, and by offering overload enrollment in BIOL 380 without lab to total 30 students


Lab Science Course


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020