Course Description

Course Name

Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Session: VLNS3422

Hours & Credits

10 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: annotated bibliography (1500 words) [40%], unseen exam (2 hours) [60%]

From the DNA discovery to the human genome project: Since the structure of DNA was first described in 1953, molecular techniques allowing cloning and amplification of genes and rapid sequencing of DNA have enabled our understanding of gene structure and function to progress rapidly. This module reviews recent developments and applications in biomedicine together with the commercial and ethical implications of these technologies. Topics include developments in genome sequencing, understanding of the control of gene expression, protein-protein interaction, stem cell biology & regenerative medicine, and selected applications of biotechnology in industry, and medicine together with the ethical issues raised. In summary, this module provides an advanced approach to basic and translational research, which seeks to accelerate 'translation' of research insights from biomedical research into clinical practice and vice versa. 
Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BSS020X348Y) capitalise on level 4 module Cell Biology (BSS020C141S), and level 5 module Molecular Biology Theory and Practice (BSS020N234A).

*Course content subject to change