BIOS E-47 Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution
Fall term 2017 CRN 15515
This intermediate level course provides an integrated introduction to the interface between genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. Lectures assume a minimum of background information, and aim to progress rapidly to a relatively advanced level of understanding by focusing on a few key historical and current examples of research in these fields, rather than trying to provide a comprehensive view of such large subjects. The course includes lectures on applying quantitative approaches to understanding biological problems, the contributions of Darwin/Wallace and Mendel in their historical contexts, discusses how to find and analyze genetic elements that control traits of interest, and covers the evolution of the developmental processes that produce these traits, biological regulatory networks, and protein evolution, and some unsolved problems in evolution.