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Now that we are done with our first Semester, I have a clearer idea about the Master Molecular Techniques in Life Science (at least of the first term!). The very first course you would have to take if studying this programme is Genetics. In this course you will acquire broad knowledge on how genetic variation is formed and inherited and how it evolves, all taken from an evolutionary point of view.
Where and when?
Genetics (BB2471) is a 5 ECTS course from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. It is taught from end of August until mid October, lasting around seven weeks. The lectures were held at Science for Life Laboratory (Scilife), since the professor is from KTH and has his research lab at Scilife.
3 courses in 1!
Genetics + Evolutionary genetics + Population genetics
The goal is to gain a general knowledge of all aspects of genetics and understand life from an evolutionary perspective. As basics aspects we studied the origins of life and the relation between all organisms, the mechanims of evolution, the genetic differences between organisms, the inheritance of genes and traits, inherited diseases, mutations, gene mapping and genetic differences bteween human populations.
Based on the course book “Fundamental genetics” by John Ringo. We had to read approximately half of this book and answer questions for each chapter. This was a very important work to be done, since the exam questions are very similar to the study questions. The lectures did not covered the entire book but were more focused on explaining complicated details and give deeper reasoning.
- Additional texts.
We had 12 additional texts which we discussed during two small group sessions. The reading here was more amusing than just reading a genetics text book, there were some extracts from interesting books, some scientific articles and some popular science articles.
Why is this course so important?
Take 20 young scientists from all around the world. Be careful to pick them with different backgrounds. Now put them together –> this is our Master’s class!!!
As a newly created group that we were, and with such a diversity, this course is a very good commence. It served to integrate all the basics concepts of genetics, reinforcing the knowledge for the more “bio” students and teaching it to the rest. We started with simple concepts, like defining gene or mutation, and complexity was gradually increased. In the end we were all able to explain in detail genetic mechanisms of evolution, such as the Holliday model of recombinantion or perform exercises about heridability.
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