Current Topics in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
MGY200 provides an introduction to genetics with an emphasis on the process by which scientific discoveries are made. Many fundamental concepts are taught from a historical point of view in order to teach both the concept and to the thought, imagination and ingenuity that is essential to scientific discovery. The course transitions into the modern era of genetics and its ultimate impact on human health. Lectures will walk students through topical biological problems and the cutting-edge approaches that are used to better understand biology and tackle threats to our health. Examples will be taken from the world-class labs of Toronto-area scientists to illustrate the current state-of-the-art. Some of the topics to be discussed include combating HIV, emerging and recurring microbial threats, the biology of cancer, the power of stem cells, distinguishing features of the human species, using CRISPR and other tools to to engineer genes and genomes, and the search for the fountain of youth, among other topics.
Prerequisite: BIO120H1, BIO230H1
Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Roy
Offered: January to April 2018 - Tuesdays and Thursdays (12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)