This course explores the genetically tractable model systems of budding yeast and select metazoans to understand eukaryotic cell function and human disease. Topics typically include the genetics of mitochondria and their role in the evolution of the eukaryotic cell, the application of genomics and molecular cell biology to understand eukaryotic chromosome structure, DNA replication, cell division, cell-cell communication, and aging. Prerequisite: GENET 270. BIOL 201 or CELL 201 is recommended.
An introduction to cell structure and function. Major topics include the molecules and structures that comprise prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the mechanisms by which energy is harvested and used by cells, how cells reproduce, and how information is stored and used within a cell via the processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation. Prerequisites: Biology 30 and Chemistry 30. Note: BIOL 107 is not a prerequisite for BIOL 108. BIOL 107 and 108 can be taken in either term.