New course on RNA

Professors Michael Rosbash and Nelson Lau will teach a new version of BIOL 176b RiboNucleicAcids (RNA) in Spring Semester, 2012. The course is now scheduled for Block S8   W 9:00 AM–11:50 AM.

RNA is a central molecule of all living organisms.  RNA is extremely versatile and can function as an information storage and transfer device, an enzyme, a regulator of gene expression, or a cellular scaffold.   As biologists discover new types of RNAs and new functions for these different types, students must become aware of this progress to gain a complete view of the integral nature of RNA in all branches of the life sciences.

This seminar course will be a weekly discussion of primary literature that broadly covers key breakthroughs in this important subfield of molecular biology. We will examine the versatility and biological functions of RiboNucleicAcides (RNA) in an upper-level seminar and primary-literature based course.Topics include splicing and the spliceosome, the ribosome, ribozymes and the RNA World Hypothesis, RNA editing, RNA interference, and long non-coding RNAs.

This course intends to educate students to become experts on the diverse biological function of RNA.  This course is designed for fulfilling the science requirement for Biology majors. Students will learn how to read the primary literature on classic and recent discoveries concerning RNA.

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