Medical Genetics, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Course code: 3MG011

    Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 29 August 2022

    End date: 26 September 2022

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: 180 credits from educational programmes in biochemistry/chemistry, biology, biomedicine/medicine, biotechnology, cell/molecular biology, genetics, life science, medical sciences or a similar field of study. Also required is:

courses in biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, and molecular biology/-genetics totalling at least 30 credits; 

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

About the course

The course aims to convey an understanding of the structure of the human genome and the importance of genetic factors as causes of human disease. The course will provide knowledge about the different mechanisms by which genetic factors can affect the development of disease. It will also provide insight into current techniques and their application to disease gene identification, clinical diagnosis and the development of new means for intervention.

Theoretical sections and web-based exercises will show how to determine the molecular cause of a disease. Methods for genetic mapping of diseases, genotyping using microsatellites and SNP markers and analysis of genetic variation in populations will be described as well as multiple current techniques used for the analysis of the gene structure and function. The application of DNA analysis in forensics will be illustrated. Ethical aspects will also be discussed.

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