BIOL 234
Biology of our Sexes: The Genetic and Epigenetic Regulation of Sex Determination
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division III
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Many physical and behavioral characteristics that are associated with male and female anatomy, physiology, and behavior are initially the products molecular choices arising from the action of our chromosomes in early development. The embryonic assignment of sex can also lead to intersex or hermaphroditic outcomes in many different organisms with extraordinary and illuminating biological effects. We will explore the molecular mechanisms and evolutionary basis of sex determination in both plants and animals, as well as the physical and behavioral expression of sex by the organism discussed, and experiments that create and characterize traits and behavior of mosaic/intersex organisms. Additionally, the epigenetic regulation of the X chromosome in mammals has a canonical role in our understanding of sex determination, but whole genome studies and investigations of autosomes and the Y chromosome have raised new layers of complexity for understanding the molecular basis of human sex and sexuality.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3352
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: six 5-page papers; six 1-page response papers; tutorial presentations; discussion skills/investment
Prerequisites: BIOL 202 (Genetics), or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and juniors, with preference to Biology majors
Distributions: Division III

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