Spring 2012

SCIE 681
Recent Advances in Biotechnology

McAlear,Michael A.

01/30/2012 - 05/04/2012
Thursday 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Progress in the molecular biosciences continues to accelerate at an ever-increasing pace at the same time that it touches more and more aspects of everyday life. In this course we will consider a dozen or so examples of specific biotechnologies that are under development and of current interest. We will discuss the scientific basis of these technologies at the molecular level, with particular attention paid to the mechanisms of how they interface with biological systems. We will also consider how these technologies impact individuals and society at large, as well as how basic scientific knowledge can be distorted when covered in the lay press.

Topics to be discussed will include: aging, how we think it works, and how it potentially could be manipulated, performance enhancing drugs used in professional sports, genetically modified crops, bio-terrorism, drug therapies for cancer treatment, stem cell research, and cloning and reproductive technologies. The major focus of the course will be based on understanding the underlying molecular biology of these topics.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SCIE 681

Michael McAlear (B.S., Ph.D. McGill University) is associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry. His research focuses on DNA replication, DNA repair, and rRNA metabolism in yeast, and his articles have appeared in the journals Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Click here for more information about Michael McAlear.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Lee M. Silver, Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning will transform the American family

Matt Ridley, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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