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Fall 2012-2013
* MOL 101B (STL)  

From DNA to Human Complexity

Bonnie L. Bassler
Heather A. Thieringer
Eric F. Wieschaus

This lecture and laboratory course will acquaint non-biology majors with the theory and practice of modern molecular biology, with a focus on biological topics of current public interest. Topics include: structure of DNA, RNA, proteins, genomes and an overview of state-of-the-art technologies including cloning, recombinant DNA and PCR. The course will address how recent scientific advances affect issues relevant to human biology including forensics, stem cells, molecular evolution and the genetic basis of human traits and behaviors such as obesity and aggression.

Sample reading list:
Selected Articles from:, Scientific American
Selected Articles from:, The New York Times Tuesday Science Section

Reading/Writing assignments:
10-20 pages of reading to correspond with the lectures. One lab report due every two weeks

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Other Exam - 20%
Lab Reports - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21391 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   McDonnell Hall   A01   Enrolled:141 Limit:164
21392 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Schultz Laboratory   103   Enrolled:21 Limit:22
21393 B02 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   Schultz Laboratory   103   Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed
21394 B03 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   Schultz Laboratory   105   Enrolled:18 Limit:20
21395 B04 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Schultz Laboratory   103   Enrolled:18 Limit:18 Closed
21396 B05 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Schultz Laboratory   105   Enrolled:19 Limit:22
21397 B06 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Schultz Laboratory   105   Enrolled:18 Limit:18 Closed
21398 B07 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W   Schultz Laboratory   103   Enrolled:17 Limit:22
24125 B08 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W   Thomas Laboratory   105   Enrolled:10 Limit:22