BIOPHYS 120 - The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix and its Hidden Mysteries
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
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Lab Fee:
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 the exciting and interdisciplinary field of biophysics and its role in the life sciences.

DNA provides the blueprint for life as we know it. In this course, students will closely examine DNA from different angles: its structure, biological function, chemical makeup, and physical properties. Students will roughly follow a historical approach from Mendelian genetics to the discovery of the double-helical structure by Watson, Crick and Franklin, to modern epigenetics and gene therapies. Students will also have the opportunity to re-create the original experiments that led to the discovery of how DNA governs inheritance.

Course Requirements:

Presentations, quizzes, one Biophysics seminar and a term paper. Students will use quantitative approaches like scaling arguments and Bayesian statistics where appropriate.

Intended Audience:

Students interested in the natural sciences and medicine.

Class Format:

A mix of lectures, hands-on experiments, laboratory tours and student presentations.

BIOPHYS 120 - The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix and its Hidden Mysteries
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 0060985089
Rosalind Franklin : the dark lady of DNA, Author: Brenda Maddox., Publisher: Perennial [Repr.]. 2003
ISBN: 074321630X
The double helix : a personal account of the discovery, Author: James D. Watson., Publisher: Touchstone 1st Touchs 2001
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