Human civilization has been shaped by genetics since man first domesticated plants and animals. Our modern understanding of genes and chromosomes developed over the past 200 years, beginning with Gregor Mendel’s pioneering experiments with pea plants. In the last century, scientists elucidated the structure of DNA and developed powerful techniques for DNA sequencing and genetic modification. We will discuss our modern understanding of the human genome and current topics such as precision medicine, cancer genetics, ancestry kits and genetic modification. Only a basic understanding of DNA is required for this course.
Clare O’Connor received her PhD from Purdue. She was a senior scientist at the Worcester Foundation from 1984-1995. She then joined the Biology Department at Boston College where she taught courses in genetics and molecular cell biology before retiring in 2018.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
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