On completion of the course, the student should be able to
describe how evolutionary processes at genome level, such as substitutions, duplications, deletions, gene transfers and sexual recombination, create variation within populations
describe how evolutionary mechanisms such as genetic drift and selection influence the variation in different populations
discuss organisms' genetics and function in relation to physical, environmental and population factors
use biological knowledge when evaluating bioinformatic methods
discuss social, ethical and scientific aspects of gene-modified organisms
Population genetics and evolution theory; selection, adaptation, genetic drift, genetic flow, macroevolution. Phylogeny as a tool to illustrate and analyse evolution. Demonstrations in the field. Bioinformatic methods for the analysis of evolutionary processes. Seminar about gene-modified organisms.
The teaching is given in the form of lectures and demonstrations, seminars and computer exercises.
Written examination (3 credits), computer exercises and seminar (2 credits).
week 27, 2017
An introduction to molecular evolution and phylogenetics
Oxford University Press,