Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

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About this course: 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.

Created by:  University of Maryland, College Park
  • Taught by:  Raymond J. St. Leger, Professor

    Department of Entomology
  • Taught by:  Tammatha O'Brien, Lecturer

    Department of Entomology
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About this course: 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.

Created by:  University of Maryland, College Park
  • Taught by:  Raymond J. St. Leger, Professor

    Department of Entomology
  • Taught by:  Tammatha O'Brien, Lecturer

    Department of Entomology
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University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction to Genetics
Module One provides a foundational overview of genetics tools and principles.


6 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: The Central Dogma
  2. Video: Gene Expression
  3. Video: Mutations
  4. Video: Sexual Reproduction
  5. Video: Neuotransmitters and Hormones
  6. Video: Comparative and Developmental Genomics
  7. 阅读: Week 1 Supplemental Information

Graded: One

WEEK 2


Know Thy Ancestors
Module Two explores the field of comparative genomics and traces our emergence as a species.


7 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: The Human Genome
  2. Video: Paedomorphism
  3. Video: Human Accelerated Regions
  4. Video: Why We Cook
  5. Video: The Neanderthal Genome
  6. Video: Where Have All the Neanderthals Gone?
  7. Video: Recent Human Evolution
  8. 阅读: Week 2 Supplemental Information

Graded: Two

WEEK 3


My Genes Made Me Do It
Module Three examines the role genes play in our behavior.


6 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Genome-Wide Association Studies
  2. Video: Twins In Genetics
  3. Video: Nature Via Nurture
  4. Video: Philandering Voles
  5. Video: Serotonin
  6. Video: Domestication
  7. 阅读: Week 3 Supplemental Information

Graded: Three

WEEK 4


Midterm Exam
Midterm covering material in Module One through Module Three.




    Graded: Midterm

    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.


    6 videos, 1 reading expand


    1. Video: Epidemiology
    2. Video: Cortisol
    3. Video: Genomic Imprinting
    4. Video: Methyation Matters
    5. Video: To Lick or Not to Lick
    6. Video: Epigenetics and You
    7. 阅读: Week 4 Supplemental Information

    Graded: Four

    WEEK 6


    An Introduction to Genetic Engineering and Learning the Lingo
    Module Five introduces the world of genetic engineering concepts and biotechnology.


    5 videos, 1 reading expand


    1. Video: Transgenic Bacteria and Plants
    2. Video: Pharm Animals
    3. Video: Law and Genetics
    4. Video: The Genetics of Cancer
    5. Video: Treating Cancer
    6. 阅读: Week 5 Supplemental Information

    Graded: Five

    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.


    7 videos, 1 reading expand


    1. Video: Early Transgenic Technologies
    2. Video: Spider Goats
    3. Video: Transgenic Salmon
    4. Video: Golden Rice
    5. Video: Synthetic Biology
    6. Video: Bio-Hacking
    7. Video: Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
    8. 阅读: Week 6 Supplemental Information

    Graded: Six

    WEEK 8


    Final Exam
    Final Exam covering material in Module Four through Module Six.




      Graded: Final Exam
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