Spring 2012

Genetic Analysis of Biological Processes

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-241

Formerly listed as: BIOL-24


Caroline E. Goutte (Section 01)


This course will explore the application of genetic analysis toward understanding complex biological systems. Scientists often turn to the study of genes and mutations when trying to decipher the mechanisms underlying such diverse processes as the making of an embryo, the response of cells to their environment, or the defect in a heritable disease. By reading papers from the research literature, we will study in detail some of the genetic approaches that have been taken to analyze certain molecular systems. We will learn from these examples how to use genetic analysis to formulate models that explain the molecular function of a gene product. The laboratory portion of this course will include discussions of the experimental approaches presented in the literature. Students will apply these approaches to their own laboratory projects. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week; the laboratory projects will require additional time outside of class hours.

Requisite: BIOL 191. Limited to 24 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Goutte.

If Overenrolled: Pre-registered juniors and seniors will have priority, then those attending first class, by year.


Lab Science Course


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2022