BIOL 418
The Biology of Aging
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division III
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Aging is a fundamental biological process that is driven by highly conserved pathways involved in metabolism and reproduction. Yet, there is enormous diversity in how long different organisms live, and in the details of the mechanisms involved. There is also much debate as to whether aging is the result of stochastic events, or rather a genetically programmed inevitability. Our understanding of how and why we age, at the cellular and molecular levels, has reached a point that therapeutic interventions to aging are being explored. In this discussion-based course, we will examine models and mechanisms that are involved in the process of aging including calorie restriction, genetic damage, oxidative damage, metabolic pathways, and the role of telomerase. We will also examine the interconnections between aging and disease, stem cell research, and cancer. Student-led discussions will focus on readings in the original literature.
The Class: Format: discussion, three hours per week
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3848
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and several short papers
Prerequisites: Biology 202; open to juniors and seniors
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology majors who have not taken a 400-level course
Distributions: Division III

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