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Evolutionary Genetics

BIO221

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1
Timetable:

    Lecture
  • Semester 1: Friday 10 am - 12 pm
    Off-Campus Visit
  • Semester 1: Weeks 7: Tuesday 9 am - 5 pm
    IT Class
  • Semester 1: Weeks 11: Thursday 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 11: Thursday 4 pm - 6 pm
    Workshop
  • Semester 2: Weeks 16: Monday 10 am - 11 am

Contact: Prof Richard Nichols
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: "BIO113 (SBS110), SBS008 (BIO163)"

Prerequisites: Evolution (SBS110) and Heredity and Gene Action (SBS008). This module provides an overview of the evolution of sex, and covers the following topics: Genetic diversity (eg cheetahs in Africa, gulls in Britain, Partula in the Pacific); reconstructing evolutionary history from genetic data; the geographic distribution of Cepaea genes (eg neutralism, frequency dependence in selection, founder events, environmental grain); pre- and post zygotic reproductive isolation, speciation illustrated by Hawaiian Drosophil; Polyploidy (eg occurrence, barriers and consequences); DNA amount (eg variability and ecological effects); meiotic and mitotic defects, tri and monosomies; B chromosomes; 'parasitic' chromosomes; and the evolution of the human genome.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 5

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