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Gene Editing, Therapy and Manipulation

East Baltimore
3rd term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
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
Course Instructor:
Scott Bailey

A college level course in molecular biology.


Introduces genes and genetics, and their role in the genetic basis of human health and disease. Explores the current status of gene editing and gene therapy technologies both in the context of therapeutics and as tools in the life sciences. A large focus of the class centers on the impact of CRISPR on these technologies. Discuss the ethical implications of these technologies.

Learning Objectives:

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

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

Student evaluation based on:
Two in class exams - each 40% of the grade
One take home exam - 20% of the grade

Instructor Consent:

No consent required