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Module code:BIOCM016(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Genes to Disease (Masters Level)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Prof Kaila Srai
Organiser's location:G16 Darwin
Available for students in Year(s):4,
Module prerequisites:This module is available for Year 4 students on the MSci Natural Sciences MCB stream only. BIOCM016 and its parent module BIOC3016 cannot accommodate more than 60 students. Should the module size exceed 60, the module will be capped according to the following criteria: (1) a 2.1 or higher average in Year 2 AND 2) must have taken and achieved a 2.1 or higher in a cell biology-related course or a course in genetic or physiological systems (including immunology).  
Module outline:This half course unit will cover characteristic genetic features of different diseases and will focus on the disease mechanisms and role of genetic abnormalities in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are a very important cause of morbidity and mortality and with an ageing population they are becoming more prevalent. This course will explore the potential role that genetics play in these diseases and a description of the mutations that have been identified. It will cover our current understanding of the impact of the various disease related mutations at the biochemical, cell and molecular biological levels with an emphasis upon their relationship to the underlying pathology. Subjects covered include: genetics, linkage analysis and genetic heterogeneity, molecular basis of disease, patterns of inheritance and mutation mechanisms. The aetiology and disease mechanisms of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Prion, Huntington's, hereditary spastic paraparesis, motor neuron, Friedreich's ataxia, peripheral neuropathy and mitochondrial DNA diseases will be explored. Various general themes will also be developed including: the role of genetic models to study the diseases, the importance of protein aggregation, mitochondrial pathology, free radical damage, metals and the use of stem cells to study and treat the diseases. It is important to have a basic understanding of genetics, biochemistry and cell biology.  
Module aims:To introduce students to: advanced aspects of molecular genetics; the relationship between genes and diseases at the molecular level and our current understanding of the disease mechanisms of important human neurodegenerative diseases.  
Module objectives:Students will learn basic and advanced molecular genetics, an understanding of the genetic basis of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases and how this has improved knowledge of pathogenetic mechanisms as well as establishing a broad spectrum of academic and transferable skills.  
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Module assessment:End of module test 10.00%.
Reference review 10.00%.
Unseen two-hour written examination 70.00%.
Research question 10.00%. 
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