Seminar in Biology

Period of duration of course
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Course info
Number of course hours
40
Number of hours of lecturers of reference
40
Number of hours of supplementary teaching
0
CFU 6
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Type of exam

Oral exam

Lecturer

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Lecturer

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Prerequisites

first year of Bachelor 

Programme

Module I

Mechanisms of evolution

Origin of variation.

Variation in DNA and Proteins.

Quantitative traits

Genetic drift

Population structure

Selection on variation

Interactions between evolutive forces

Measuring selection

Evolution of phenotypes

Speciation

Evolution of sexual reproduction

Evolution of man

Module II

Molecular Phylogenetics

Sequence alignments

Multiple sequence alignments

Phylogenetics trees

Protein families

Conserved domains

Homology and analogy

The Tree of Life

The Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA)

Module III

cell biology laboratory techniques:

preparation of cell cultures

primary cultures and cell lines

cell transfection

pluripotent cells

brain in a dish

transcription analysis by qRT-PCR

transcription analysis by ISH

gene expression analysis by ICD

NGS

transcriptome analysis
 

Educational aims

Objective of the course is to complement courses taught in the Unversity of Pisa with some key concepts and methods of contemporary Biology

Bibliographical references

-Evolution Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory Press