Organisation of genes and genomes, generation of genetic diversity, gene transmission and analysis of problems in transmission and molecular genetics.
- BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology
Genetics is the study of biological information; how it is coded, copied, expressed, transmitted between individuals and changed to give variation. As such, it is central to contemporary biological thinking and research, both as a topic it its own right and as a tool in the investigations of other areas of biology. This module will show how classical and molecular genetics are used to determine the organisation of genes and genomes, and to investigate how genetic differences arise and are transmitted from generation to generation. Examples are considered from the simplest prokaryotic microorganisms to man, and students will gain experience of a range of genetical techniques. Genetics is an analytical subject and particular emphasis is given to developing critical thinking and quantitative skills through problem solving.