Part 2 of this course, Cell Biology and Genetics, focuses on genetics and molecular biology as mentioned before. This part of the course started just a week before easter break. To simplify things, Part 2 is further divided into:
2. Molecular biology techniques
4. Structural techniques
From easter until now we have covered the first two modules which are genetics and molecular biology techniques. At the end of each of these sections we had a small test or exercises that we to do in order to consolidate what was taught.
Focusing on the genetics module, we learnt about chromosomes and chromosomal abnormalities along with the diseases associated with those defects. Some basic chromosomal abnormalities like Downs syndrome, Turner’s syndrome etc were discussed. Furthermore methods causing chromosomal abnormalities were also taught. Along with information about the diseases the methods of diagnosis, prenatal screening and concept of genetic counselling is taught. The module ends with a mandatory “Exercises in medical genetics” lecture before the Easter break.
All in all I liked this module as we learnt about the diseases at a genetic level, what causes it etc and it wasn’t boring. We were given study questions to better understand and apply the knowledge given to us.
After 1 week of Easter break we have the Molecular Biology techniques module. 90% of this course is lab work as we learn about the different techniques used for research in genetics like methods of analysing DNA, immunocytochemistry and transfection, PCR and cloning techniques, lectures on protein interactions and analysis. This may seem like a lot of information but during the labs you get to perform some of the methods and you get to have practical experience which I believe helps learn about these methods a little more easily. The labs take place in the Huddinge campus and are quite interesting.
Learning about these different methods does get a little tedious and boring but it get interesting when put into a pratical aspect. There is also an intermediate exam at the end of this module and a lab report on the lab performed.
There are still two more modules to go about which I will write later on. All the knowledge from the cell biology in part 1 and genetics and molecular biology (4 modules) in part 2 is tested and the end of the course in June in the final exam.
But that’s all for now,
See you around!