Zoology 400 Syllabus 2016

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Zoology 400: General Molecular Biology - Spring, 2016
3 credits
Cap: 28
M/W/F 11:00-11:50
Instructor:
Dr. Kurt Amann
121 Zoology Research
265-3150
[email protected]
Office hours:
Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, State Street Chiptole
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 pm, 121 Zoology Research, or by appointment
Required Text:
Lewin’s GENES XI. Krebs, et al.
Course description:
This lecture-based course will provide students with a broad understanding of the mechanisms of life at
the molecular level. It is intended for intermediate and advanced undergraduates majoring in the biological
sciences. The course will cover the structure, chemistry and functions of biological macromolecules, focusing
primarily on the ways by which nucleic acids carry out their central roles in cells. Other topics will include the
governing principles by which life evolved, functions and is organized; the experimental methods used to study
these processes, and the historical context for our understanding of them.
Prerequisites:
Zoology 101/102 or 151/152 or Biocore 383; Chem 103/104 or 109 or 115/116. Chemistry 341 or 343
recommended but not required.
Course outline and dates:
Lecture Date
W 1-20
F 1-22
M 1-25
W 1-27
F 1-29
M 2-1
W 2-3
F 2-5
M 2-8
W 2-10
F 2-12
Lecture
Topic
1
The chemical nature of the gene
2
Genes encode RNAs and polypeptides
3
Molecular biology methods and genetic engineering
4
Gene, interrupted
5
What’s in a genome?
6
Genes! Genes! Genes!
7
Repeating sequences.
8
Genomes evolve.
9
Chromosomes
10
Chromatin
Exam 1
Assigned Reading
1-24
26-41
42-79
81-97
100-117
120-137
141-160
161-188
192-219
223-260
M 2-15
W 2-17
F 2-19
M 2-22
W 2-24
11
12
13
14
15
265-282
286-301
primary literature
304-235
328-351
Replication and the cell cycle
Initiation of replication
Nobel Day
Replication
Extrachromosomal replication
F 2-26
M 2-29
W 3-2
F 3-4
M 3-7
W 3-9
F 3-11
16
Nobel Day
17
Recombination
18
DNA repair
19
Nobel Day
20
Transposons and retroviruses
21
Somatic recombination and immune system hypermutation
Exam 2
primary literature
354-391
395-420
primary literature
424-456
459-498
M 3-14
W 3-16
F 3-18
March 19-27
M 3-28
W 3-30
F 4-1
M 4-4
W 4-6
F 4-8
M 4-11
W 4-13
F 4-15
22
23
24
Prokaryotic Transcription
Eukaryotic Transcription
Nobel Day
Spring Break
25
RNA processing
26
RNA processing
27
Nobel Day
28
mRNA stability and localization
29
Catalytic RNAs
30
Nobel Day
31
Translation
32
Uses of the genetic code
Exam 3
508-544
549-573
primary literature
M 4-18
W 4-20
F 4-22
M 4-25
W 4-27
F 4-29
M 5-2
W 5-4
F 5-6
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
745-773
777-801
primary literature
804-831
804-831
primary literature
838-865
872-888
primary literature
Final Exam: TBA
The operon
Phage
Nobel Day
Eukaryotic transcriptional regulation
Eukaryotic transcriptional regulation
Nobel Day
Epigenetics
Regulatory RNAs
Nobel Day
578-616
578-616
primary literature
622-643
647-667
primary literature
671-708
714-741
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