Spring 2018 - MBB 462 D100

Human Genomics (3)

Class Number: 3754

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 331 and MBB 342, with a minimum grade of C.



The organization of the human genome and the role of genomic variation in health and disease. Genomics and personalized medicine; intellectual property and privacy issues. Students with credit for MBB 440 with this same course title may not complete this course for further credit.


Description/topics: This course will focus on the organization of the human genome and the role of genome variation in health and disease.  Ancillary topics of direct relevance to human genomics, such as personalized medicine, clinical genetic testing, intellectual property, the biotechnology industry, human genetic history , and genome engineering will also be covered. Instruction wll include lecture material and in-depth consideration of selected seminal papers, and papers describing recent advances in human genomics. If possible, a genotyping service will be arranged, allowing students to explore aspects of their personal genome (participation will be optional and extra fees may apply).


  • Quizzes on lecture material and assigned reading throughout the term 60%
  • Short summaries/critiques of papers selected from primary literature 20%
  • Take-home assignment 15%
  • Participation 5%



Genomes 4, 4th Edition. 2017. By Terry A. Brown

Exploring Personal Genomics. 2013. Dudley & Karczewski

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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