MCDB 421 - Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Section: 002 The Technical Revolution in Neuroscience
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 225 and PSYCH 230 or NEUROSCI 601.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Revolutions in Science depend on technical innovation. Recent years have seen massive investment in the development of new technologies for the observation and manipulation of neural network structure and function. Gene editing, optogenetics, and connectomics are now being used routinely to probe the inner workings of the brain with unprecedented specificity and power. This course will consist of a collaborative investigation of how these techniques were developed, how they are currently used, their future promise for understanding the neural basis of behavior and brain pathology, and their ideological and ethical ramifications. The course will be a combination of lectures, class discussions, and both collaborative and independent writing. The course is designed both for students interested in experimental neurobiology and for those interested in the ethical and ideological implications of progress in neuroscience. A familiarity with the foundations of neuroscience and molecular biology is expected, though the instructor hopes to attract students of diverse intellectual backgrounds. Students will be expected to engage in class discussions and group work, and to come to class familiar with assigned readings and pre-lectures.

MCDB 421 - Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
WF 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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