Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)
University of Maryland, College Park
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assignment Level : Introductive
label Biology
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To acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genomics and biotechnology, and their implications for human biology, evolution, medicine, social policy and individual life path choices in the 21st century.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Introduction to Genetics
    Module One provides a foundational overview of genetics tools and principles.
  • Week 2 - Know Thy Ancestors
    Module Two explores the field of comparative genomics and traces our emergence as a species.
  • Week 3 - My Genes Made Me Do It
    Module Three examines the role genes play in our behavior.
  • Week 4 - Midterm Exam
    Midterm covering material in Module One through Module Three.
  • Week 5 - My Genes Didn't Make Me Do It
    Module Four considers our genes, epigenetics and our environment and how they impact our lives.
  • Week 6 - An Introduction to Genetic Engineering and Learning the Lingo
    Module Five introduces the world of genetic engineering concepts and biotechnology.
  • Week 7 - The Future is Now
    Module Six discusses the history of biotechnology, its role in our lives today, and its prospects for the future.
  • Week 8 - Final Exam
    Final Exam covering material in Module Four through Module Six.
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Intructors

Raymond J. St. Leger
Professor
Department of Entomology

Tammatha O'Brien
Lecturer
Department of Entomology

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