MCDB 421 - Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Section: 001 Cellular Diversity in the Immune and Nervous Systems
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 225 and PSYCH 230 or NEUROSCI 601.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
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:

In traditional video games, like Grand Theft Auto, the entire world in which the game is played is explicitly coded. However, games like Rogue, Minecraft, and No Man’s Sky generate different worlds each time the game is played by supplying relatively simple world-generating algorithms with random numbers. While the development of biological organisms appears to follow an explicit set of genomic instructions to generate the same outcome each time, like Grand Theft Auto, many biological mechanisms harness molecular noise to produce variable outcomes, like Rogue. This is particularly evident in the immune system, where random recombination produces millions of antibodies from only a few genes, and in the nervous system, where stochastic mechanisms vary the sensory receptors and synaptic matching molecules produced by different neurons. This course will focus on the stochastic genetic and molecular mechanisms that produce cellular variety in the immune and nervous systems, with an emphasis on the primary literature.

MCDB 421 - Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Prerequisites for the course are either Bio 305 or MCDB 310 or by permission of instructor. A background in Neuroscience is not required.
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