The course provides a basis for understanding and discussing the social impact of pioneering discoveries in molecular biology.
After passing the course, the student should be able to
briefly describe how scientific knowledge is founded
briefly describe how DNA controls cells, organisms and viruses
briefly describe how DNA can change to createnew cells, organisms and viruses
briefly describe applications of DNA technology related to cancer, infectious diseases, genetic diseases, and genetically modified organisms.
Scientific hypotheses and theories. DNA and its function. Revolutionary breakthroughs in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Use of CRISPR in gene therapy and genetically modified organisms (GMO). Research and applications in cancer therapy and stem cells.
Lectures, films, seminars, literature studies. Laboratory session where participants can prepare DNA.
For passed examination, active participation in seminars and laboratory work (4 credits) and oral and written presentation of individual literature projects (6 credits) are required.