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BIT 100: Current Topics in Biotechnology

Overview:

  • Provides science and non-science majors an opportunity to learn about current issues in biotechnology that play a role in our society
  • Fulfills a Natural Sciences GEP requirement
  • Engages students in lecture and lab planning, designing, and executing molecular biotechnology experiments

Lecture Topics:

  • Introduction to biotechnology, fermentation and “tasty” biotechnology, introduction to molecular and cell biology
  • Proteins, enzymes, polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing
  • The Human Genome Project, bioremediation, biofuels
  • Genetically modified foods, stem cells, gene therapy
  • Pharmaceuticals, transgenic animals, cloning

Labs:

  • Biotechnology Boot Camp: cloning and expression of green fluorescent protein
  • Are you a night owl or an early bird?: examining genotypes and phenotypes
  • Who Dunnit?: a crime scene analysis
  • Oil Spill Disaster: exploring bioremediation
  • Is your favorite food altered?: investigating genetically modified foods
  • Silencing genes on command: using RNA interference in tobacco plants