Summer 2015 - MBB 420 D100

Selected Topics in Contemporary Biochemistry (3)

Class Number: 1688

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 11 – Jun 22, 2015: Tue, Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Will be announced before the start of the term and will depend upon the nature of the topic offered.



The topics in this course will vary from term to term, depending on faculty availability and student interest.


Special Topic:  Great Ideas and Leaps in MBB

A lecture, seminar, and discussion-based course, that will focus on great experiments and great conceptual leaps in a number of areas of molecular biology and biochemistry.  The focus will be on understanding how great scientific breakthroughs are made, and on the lasting impact of such advances.

The course will include assigned readings, videos, presentations in class of original scientific papers, and discussion of the issues raised by all of the above.

The course will focus on the following subjects: 
(1) The genetic code
(2) The cell cycle
(3) The mystery of antibody diversity
(4) Prions
(5) The Meselson-Stahl Experiment


  • Quizzes 35%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Participation in class discussions 20%


Grades will be given from consideration of students' responses to quizzes, the quality of their class presentations on original papers, on participation in class discussions, and on the quality of one or more assigned term papers.


Pre-requisite:  MBB331
CGPA of 3.0 or permission of the instructor.

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