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Understanding Genomes

posted Sep 7, 2011, 8:57 AM by Yasser Ansari   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 5:34 PM ]
Details & Contact Information

Class meets on Wednesday from 12:30-3pm
Instructor: Yasser Ansari
Email: yassera [at] gmail.com
Mobile: 858-243-8075
Skype: yasser_ansari
Office Hours: TBD 

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Syllabus & Schedule

Class 1: An Introduction to the Class - Understanding Genomes
Class overview, expectations and initial discussion

Class 2: The Friar who loved Peas 
Gregor Mendel and the beginning of genetics, leading up to the discovery of the 3-Dimensional structure of DNA 

Class 3: The Birth of Molecular Biology
The machinery of Life, DNA's role in life on the planet and the central dogma of Molecular Biology

Class 4: Rise of the "Amateurs"
Overview of the amateur DIY Bio & bioart scenes, tools & tricks of the trade plus a brief overview of Synthetic Biology.

Class 5: Playing God 
Introducing recombinant DNA techniques, gene therapy and the modern laboratory

Class 6: Mapping Genomes 
Intro to genomics, gene/genome sequencing and intro to bioinformatics

Class 7: Midterm Presentations
Student presentations, Catch-up and/or review of specific topics 

Class 8: DNA & the Human Past
Personal Genomics, Personal DNA testing, examples of services/data

Class 9: For the Love of Money 
Biotechnology for profit and the ramifications, Gene patents, Genetic modifications and impact on the food supply, ex Monsanto, 

Class 10: Genetic Fingerprinting  & Gene Hunting
Genetic Fingerprinting, Genetics of Human disease, Gene hunting 

Class 11: Biohack the Planet 
Environmental activism. the importance of species preservation, endangered/invasive species genetics

THANKSGIVING BREAK 

Class 12: Widcard Class
This class will be used as a work session, a review of key concepts, or a chance to squeeze in some other cool stuff depending on interest and stress levels

Class 13: Wildcard Class
This class will be used as a work session, a review of key concepts, or a chance to squeeze in some other cool stuff depending on interest and stress levels

Dec 15th - Class 14: Final Presentations 
Final Presentations, Final thoughts, wrap-up. Beer. 

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Books:

For Class: Highly recommended. 
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D Watson
Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life by Marcus Wholsen 

For Reference or Related Reading:
DNA: The Secret of Life by James D Watson
Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code by Matt Ridley 
From Genes to Genomes: Concepts and Applications of DNA Technology by Jeremy W. Dale and Malcolm von Schantz (reference only)
Introduction to Genetic Analysis by Carroll, Doebley, Griffiths, and Wessler (reference only)
Protein Structure and Function by Petsko and Ringe (reference only)
The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture by Eugene Thacker 
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
An Entirely Synthetic Fish by Anders Halverson 
Other online reference and tutorials

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Grading:

You will be evaluated on the following:

Attendance - 20%
Participation - 20%
Production (Assignments & Projects) - 40%
Documentation - 20% 









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