BIOLOGY 105:

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GENETICS

Honors

SUNY Potsdam
Department of Biology
Spring 2008
 
Instructor: Dr. Jan Trybula
205-A Stowell Hall
trybulj@potsdam.edu
315.267.2258
  
Texts: Bainbridge
X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives
Harvard University Press
978-0-674-01621-7
The X in Sex - book cover
  
Fedoroff
Mendel in the Kitchen
Joseph Henry Press
978-0-309-09738-3
Mendel in the Kitchen - book cover
 
Gonick
Cartoon Guide to Genetics
Harper
978-0-06-273099-2
Cartoon Guide to Genetics - book cover
 
Nabhan
Why Some Like it Hot
Island Press
978-1-5972609-1-6
Why Some LIke it Hot - book cover
 
Seachrist Chiu
When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish
Oxford University Press
978-0-19-532706-9
When a Gene Makes you Smell Like a Fish - book cover
 
Scott
Stem Cell Now
Plume/Penguin
978-0-452-28785-3
Stem Cell Now - book cover
 
Weston
A Rulebook for Arguments, 3rd edition
Hackett Publishing
978-0-87220-552-9
A Rulebook for Arguments - book cover
 
Course description from Undergraduate Catalog:
Human genetics, including transmission of genes, genetic ratios, chromosomal defects, sex determination, population considerations, introduction to DNA and gene functions, and moral dilemmas facing society.
 
Course content and What to expect:

Genetics impacts many aspects of our lives. We get certain traits from our parents and give them to our children. Our foods have been genetically bred over millennia and today many foods have been genetically modified by gene manipulation. The Human Genome Project is being used to help identify genes that, when mutated, lead to certain diseases. DNA evidence is often used in legal cases. And medicine, politics, and ethics are currently clashing over issues such as human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Genetics is frequently in the news, so a through grasp of its topics and unique vocabulary is necessary to understand how it is reported in the media and understood by the general public. It seems that nearly every day something new occurs in genetics and yet the underlying theories often remain the same. It is our understanding of the mechanisms behind those theories that are changing, not the theories themselves.
   
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