- Code BIOL6205
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Medical Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Science
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
This course will extend the Genetics of Human Disease I course, focussing on more advanced topics of human genetics and disease. We will examine the genetics of non-Mendelian disorders, including those exhibiting sex-linked, mitochondrial, transgenerational and complex modes of inheritance. These will be studied at both conceptual and disease-specific levels, with additional focus on the use of genetics to elucidate disease mechanism and develop therapies. We will also present the latest advances and representative examples pertaining to other advanced genetic concepts such as genome evolution and gene environment interactions.
We will cover topics including:
• Complex trait genetics in Non-Mendelian inherited diseases, including pulmonary disease, vision disorders,
diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
• Gene-environment interactions
• Impact of disease on genome evolution
• Genetic approaches to treating disease
• Genome editing technologies, including CRISPR-Cas9.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergradutes but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and evaluate how genetic mutations cause disease and variable phenotypes in humans.
- Describe the genetic basis of specific diseases, how genetics assists in understanding pathophysiology and treatment options, and differentiate the current knowledge gaps.
- Explain the concept and evidential basis of selective pressure, and illustrate how selection affects disease gene frequency and inheritance.
- Review and critically evaluate web-based and literature-based resources in the field of human disease genetics and pathophysiology.
- Understand and apply theories in the bioinformatic study of genes and disease-causing mutations.
- Significant research report (2000 word) on the current state of knowledge and recent advances in an area of human molecular genetics of specific interest to the student (14) [LO 1,2,4]
- Take-home assignments that extend on lecturer-lead tutorials. Comprise of short answers relating to interpretation of prescribed research articles, or specific topics and questions set by the lecturer. (3 assignments, 10% each; total 30%) (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- One mid-term and one final examination to assess students’ understanding (28% each) (56) [LO 1,2,3,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component consisting of three lectures per week and one tutorial per week for most weeks ~ 45 contact hours in semester.
- Approximately 85 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the John Curtin School of Medical Research to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsHuman Molecular genetics 4th Edition Strachan and Read
Assumed KnowledgeTo enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL6204.
Incompatible with BIOL3205
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