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BIOL 4050 Advanced Topics in Developmental Biology Syllabus Fall 2010

Summary: BIOL 4050 Advanced Topics in Developmental Biology
Syllabus Fall 2010
DESCRIPTION: Developmental biology is one of the most exciting and rapidly progressing
areas of biology, because researchers are using powerful new combinations of techniques and
approaches to answer the question of how a fertilized egg is progressively transformed into
complex organisms. Answers based on a combination of approaches from a broad range of
disciplines including biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics and evolutionary
biology. This course surveys the use of model organisms, such as Xenopus and the flowering
plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and the use of genetic, cellular and molecular methods to explore
how genes, proteins and cells interact in the development of animals and plants. Lectures feature
an analysis of the current literature in developmental biology. Lectures will emphasize
molecular, cellular, genetic aspects of developmental systems. Our goal is not to cover the field
but to strength our understanding of key concepts in the field of developmental biology and to
become familiar with current approaches taken in modern developmental biology research.
COURSE FORMAT: Three lecture hours per week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The
course consists of two sections. Section I consist of lectures by me/guest lecturers and
discussions of research articles. Section II consist of presentations by students. Section II
provides an opportunity for you to learn about a topic that's of interest to you.
INSTRUCTOR: Sophia L. Stone
CONTACT: office: 5134 LSC, phone: 494 4541, email: Sophia.stone@dal.ca


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


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