Applications of Genetics introduces the students to the field of genetics, where they learn about the theories of Mendel, Darwin, and Wallace. They will learn how traits are passed down from one generation to another. They will explore concepts of adaptation, genotype, and phenotype; and basic concepts related to cells, DNA, and RNA. Students see how the basic concepts are applied in various techniques, including metagenomics, genetically modified organisms, DNA technologies, genetic testing, and other clinical and nonclinical applications of genetics. Students will also examine how the genetic code present in all cells can be used to treat conditions. They will study the ongoing research into the usage of stem cells.
Darwin and the concept of adaptation
Types of cells and cell reproduction
Formation of proteins
Regulation of genes
Tools used to study genetics
Patterns of inheritance
Careers in biotechnology
DNA sequencing Mutagenesis and metagenomics
Human Genome project
Nature of stem cells
Stem cell controversies
Types of stem cells
Goals of stem cell research
Stem cell treatments
Compare the structure and reproduction of prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Discuss the process of formation of proteins from the genetic code.
Explore various tools and techniques that geneticists use.
Discuss the basic concepts involved in biotechnology.
Examine real-world applications of genetics Describe the processes used to create genetically-modified organisms.
Summarize the uses of genetic analysis and therapy.
Compare and contrast the different types of stem cells.
Investigate potential therapies using stem cells.
Interpret the controversies that have arisen in the use of stem cells.