BIOL 208
The Search for Life's Beginnings
Last Offered Spring 2008
Division III Writing Skills
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In the early 1950s, a seminal experiment by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey demonstrated the abiotic synthesis of amino acids from simple gases thought to be present on the prebiotic earth. From this modest beginning, studies on the origin of life have become a major focus of evolutionary biology. In this tutorial, we will examine topics such as the RNA world hypothesis and other theories on the origin of life, discovery of ribozymes with self-replicating properties, new abiotic syntheses of biochemical compounds, the role of viruses in establishing DNA-based inheritance, the accumulation of oxygen and the development of aerobes, Precambrian fossils of early life forms and their recent reevaluation, properties of the Archaea, and evolution of cell structure and function, among others.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3671
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on 5 (4-5 page) papers, tutorial presentations, and the student's effectiveness as a critic
Prerequisites: Biology 101 and 102
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills

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