Spring 2018 - MBB 762 G100

Human Genomics (3)

Class Number: 3772

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 10, 2018: Tue, Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.



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.


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 50%
  • Short summaries/critiques of papers selected from primary literature 20%
  • Take-home assignment 15%
  • Participation 5%
  • Selected topic presentation 10%



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

Dudley & Karczewski. Exploring Personal Genomics. 2013.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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