Genetics in Modern Medicine

Credits: 4 CREDITS (Basic Science)
Sites: MIT
Director(s): Salil Garg, Sahar Nissim
Prerequisites: Background in biology and general biochemistry
Offered: Fall Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This course will provide a firm foundation for understanding the relationship between molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and medicine. The goal is to develop explicit connections between basic research, medical understanding, and the perspective of patients. During the course the principles of human genetics will be reviewed. Students will become familiar with the translation of clinical understanding into analysis at the level of the gene, chromosome and molecule, the concepts and techniques of molecular biology and genomics, and the strategies and methods of genetic analysis, including an introduction to bioinformatics. The course will extend beyond basic principles to current research activity in human genetics.