BIOL
W3995
Topics in Biology: Foundations of Molecular Biology
Semester: 
Spring 2016
Course Description: 

Enrollment limited to 15.

Prerequisites: a college-level course in Introductory Biology or the instructor's permission.

60 years have passed between the ground-breaking paper of Watson and Crick describing the structure of DNA and, with the sequencing of the human genome, current efforts to develop personalized Molecular Medicine. Students in this course will read and discuss selected key papers to develop a better appreciation of how the field of Molecular Biology emerged. Analysis of these papers will enable both science and non-science majors to enhance their understanding of the field and the logic behind hypothesis-driven research. Most of the papers to be discussed will be from the 1950s and early 1960s -- the "Golden Age" of Molecular Biology. As appropriate we will also consider events of the time as they influenced development of the field.

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Columbia University
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New York, NY 10027
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