Biochem 210 Modern Approaches in Evolution


Module: 1
Sponsoring Program: Tetrad
Administrator:Toni Hurley

Course Number: Biochem 210
Course Name: Modern Approaches in Evolution
Units: 3
Grading Option: S/U
Course Director: Alexander Johnson

Additional Course Director(s): Dave Morgan
Room Number: GH S-201
Campus: Mission Bay
Schedule: April 3-14, 2017; M-F, 2:00 - 4:00
Prerequisites: None
Maximum Class Size: 12

Course Description:  With the recent 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species," it seems an especially appropriate time to consider how cells evolve. We will begin with selections from Darwin but will focus on a series of recent papers examining molecular mechanisms of evolution. We will discuss the contention that "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" by considering specific examples where evolutionary studies have provided insight into the workings of modern cells. Topics will include how gene duplication and divergence work, how changes in gene regulation can provide evolutionary novelty ('evo-devo'), how the re creation and study of extinct molecules in the lab can be used to test specific hypotheses, and how genome-wide studies have deepened our understanding of evolution.