BISC 499: Introduction to Genome Science

Characterizing the sequence, function, and evolution of genomes is a central focus of modern biology. In this course, we will learn about the core questions and methods of genome scientists. We will discuss techniques for comprehensively examining organisms at the levels of DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites. We will also talk about how this information is used to determine the molecular basis of phenotypes, such as evolutionary adaptations, crop improvements, and human disease. Lastly, we will spend time on the relationship between genomics and synthetic biology, which is a field that seeks to engineer new features into existing organisms or build new organisms based on present knowledge. The goal of this course is for students to walk away conversant in modern genomics techniques and the biological problems genome researchers hope to solve.

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