This course introduces the concept of biological model systems in regards to their application to current methods in biotechnology. This course will examine several model organisms with particular emphasis on their limitations and strengths as research systems. This course will also examine strategies of human disease modeling. The discussions of human disease models will include emphasize both the power and limitations of using simple organisms to analyze human disease and an introduction to human physiology. Readings from the primary literature will highlight the historical and current importance of model organisms to current biotechnology applications.
Prerequisite: BSC 2010 with a minimum grade of C and BSC 2010L with a minimum grade of C or BSC 2010CH with a minimum grade of C