Coordinator: Dr. B. Gravendeel
How are we genetically different from Neanderthalers? How many genes do organisms have? What fraction of our genome consists of genes? Do prokaryotes shop for genes? Why do salamanders have much more DNA per cell than we have? How does the genome of related species differ? How is the DNA of different individuals different? How well can one make predictions on health and personalized medicine from your DNA? With the advance of genome sequencing all these questions about DNA and evolution can, in principle, be answered. Starting from the basics (introns, extrons, gene families, recombination, QTLs, sequencing) we address these questions and ask what these new insights mean for ideas about evolution and health of species. In the practical you will solve several genomic puzzles, both at a basic and at an advanced level.
update knowledge on basic genetic mechanisms
overview of field of genomics
learn to apply genomic information for answering a suite of scientific questions
Student is familiar with technical terms used in genomics
Student knows how genomes of major groups of organisms are organized
Student can use genomic information for answering scientific questions about evolution and health.
From 1 October – 26 October 2018. First 3 weeks lectures, self study (DNA, RNA, proteins, genomes throughout the Tree of Life, human evolution) and practicals. Week 4 group projects. The detailed schedule will be placed on Blackboard.
Mode of instruction
Lectures, reading chapters from Lesk (2017) third edition, individual project (last week), presentation.
Three multiple choice tests and presentations of group projects.
Blackboard will be used for communication.
Strongly advised to buy as backup for students:
Lesk AM (2017) Introduction to genomics. Oxford UP, third edition
in Usis and enroll in Blackboard
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.