BIOL 408 Spring 2013 RNA Worlds

Ribonucleic acids (RNAs) serve as genomes, catalysts, messengers, adaptors, regulators, structural components, and evolutionary substrates. Non-coding RNAs such as microRNAs, ribozymes, and small interfering RNAs control a diverse range of biological processes including plant and animal development, translation, epigenetic chromosome silencing, and cancer. This course explores recently discovered non-coding RNAs and considers evidence for their mechanisms of action. Through extensive reading of primary literature, we will analyze experimental investigations that reveal our current understanding of the functions and evolution of non-coding RNAs in all three domains of life.
Class Format: discussion, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and several short papers
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: Biology 202; open to juniors and seniors
Enrollment Preference: senior Biology majors who have not taken a 400-level course & BIMO concentrators
Department Notes: Does not satisfy the distribution requirement in the Biology major
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3155
BIOL408-01(S) SEM RNA Worlds Division 3: Science and Mathematics Wendy E. Raymond
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Physics 113 3155
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