BIO 3044 – Molecular Genetics of Bacteria

An examination of how the information encoded in molecules drives bacterial function and evolution. The course will focus on the haploid and asexual properties of bacteria as well as how bacteria gain new DNA. Topics covered include bacterial DNA replication, recombination, transcription, gene regulation, mutation, and genomics. Special emphasis will be placed on bacteria as model systems for investigating molecular genetics and will include the study of phage, transposons, and mutant libraries. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 2042 or BIO 1204 and CHEM-2155. IV