lifesci4_1_syl101 - LIFE SCIENCES 4 GENETICS COURSE...

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L IFE S CIENCES 4 G ENETICS É C OURSE I NFORMATION S UMMER 2010 instructor: Jay Phelan, PhD office: Slichter Hall 2867 phone: 825.0149 email: [email protected] office hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30pm, Wednesdays 2-3pm course web address: http://www.lsic.ucla.edu/ teaching assistants: Mohsin Vora [email protected] Ron Siu [email protected] Colin Flinders [email protected] lecture meets: Mon., Wed., & Fri. 11 AM - 12:50 PM . LaKretz Hall 110 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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C OURSE D ESCRIPTION AND O BJECTIVES What is Genetics? Answering this question means answering a wide variety of related questions, such as: • If every cell in your body has all of the DNA, all of the genes that make you, then why don’t you have liver cells oozing out of your arm? If those skin cells have all of the genes required to form liver cells, then why don’t they? • How accurate is DNA fingerprinting? • Why do people with red hair usually have lots of freckles? • Why are more men color-blind than women if the gene for the ability to see color is not on the Y-chromosome? In this course we will delve deeply into the intricacies of our genes, probing the mysteries of DNA in an attempt to better understand who we are. DNA is the hereditary material; we resemble our parents because we got our DNA from them. DNA is also the code that instructs our body how to do the things it does. It instructs your body to produce new blood cells after you donate some of your old ones, to build larger muscles in response to lifting weights, to learn a new language because you want to. Why genetics? Genetics may very well be crucial to your life. Are the answers to any of the following questions “yes”? If so, this class may have particular personal significance for you.
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