BIOPHYS 120 - The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix and its Hidden Mysteries
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to biophysics and its role in the life sciences. The historical example of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick is discussed and re-created using modern techniques. As a highlight, the structure of a DNA crystal will determined using the synchrotron at the Argonne National Laboratory. Students will compose a term paper that critically compares the historical and the modern techniques at each step of the structure determination.

Intended audience: First-year students interested in the natural sciences and medicine.

Course Requirements: Student presentations, quizzes, and a term paper.

Class Format: Class will meet twice for 3 hours per week in a lecture/discussion format plus a 2 hpw laboratory. In addition, a field trip to the Argonne National Laboratory is planned.

BIOPHYS 120 - The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix and its Hidden Mysteries
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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