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120.608.01 Genetics and Gene Therapy

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Lab Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Scott Bailey
Course Instructors:

A college level course in biology.


Introduces genes and genetics, emphasizing their application to understanding the genetic basis of human health and disease. This course is designed to complement other course offerings within the School of Public Health, including Principles of Genetic Epidemiology (340.731), Statistics for Genomics (140.688), Analysis of Biological Sequences (140.638), Introduction to Molecular Biology (120.602), and Nucleic Acids Chemistry (120.613). Topics include fundamental principles of genetics, use of experimental systems for genetic discoveries, and current status of gene editing and therapy technologies.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of genetics.
  2. Apply concepts from fundamental genetic approaches for gene discovery and elucidating the genetic basis of health/disease states.
  3. Describe current approaches and challenges for gene therapy
  4. Explain how CRISPR-Cas technology has influenced genome editing
  5. Discuss the ethical issues surrounding the recent advances in genome editing
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on:

Two exams - each 45% of the grade. These exams will be "study guide-assisted", meaning students can prepare a study guide to bring with them into the exam.

Attendance - 10%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required