Human Molecular Genetics
Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
09 September 2019
Requisites for this module
BS221 or BS222
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year)
The study of human genetics is one of the fastest moving areas of scientific research today, with technology driving the field of medical genomics from studies at the level of a single gene to population-wide analysis. Our understanding of the role of non-coding RNAs and epigenetics in regulating gene expression during development is increasing. And the importance of these mechanisms in genetic responses to the environment and disease susceptibility is steadily being revealed. This will include looking at the evolution of the human genome and applications of genome research to examples of genetic disease.
The aim of this course is to explore a range of topics in human genetics and give a research based view of recent developments in the field.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
1. explain the structure and evolutionary origins of the human genome, and the variation observed in human populations;
2. understand the inheritance and underlying mechanisms of simple and complex human genetic traits and diseases;
3. explain the roles non-coding RNAs play in regulating gene expression and developmental processes, in health and disease;
4. discuss the molecular mechanisms and importance of epigenetics and imprinting;
5. demonstrate competence in the analysis and interpretation of data and in the written communication of information.
No additional information available.
18 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 revision class before summer exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Leo Schalkwyk, Dr Toni Marco, Dr Vladimir Teif, Dr Ben Skinner
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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