Fall 2017 - MBB 721 G100

Nucleic Acids (3)

Class Number: 6168

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Dipankar Sen
    sen@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-4386

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An examination of recent literature about the structure and function of DNA and RNA.

COURSE DETAILS:

Recent literature is examined for insights into the structure and properties of DNA and RNA, drawing on a variety of biochemical, chemical and molecular biological perspectives.

3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week; 0 lab hours

Lecture Topics:
1. Sugars, bases, and nucleotides
2. DNA structure
3. Chromatin
4. Recombination structures
5. RNA structure
6. RNA - ligand (proteins and drugs) interactions
7. DNA - ligand (proteins and drugs) interactions
8. Catalytic RNA
9. RNA and the origin of life

Grading

  • 2 exams (45% each) 90%
  • Class presentations 10%

Materials

RECOMMENDED READING:

G.M. Blackburn, M.J. Gait, David Loakes, David Williams (editors).  Nucleic Acids in Chemistry and Biology, 3rd Edition, 2006. Royal Society of Chemistry.
ISBN: 978-0854046546

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