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Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 460 (BIOL 460) Human Genetics (3) The human genome, its variation, origins, and relation to disease and other traits.

ANTH (BIOL) 460 Human Genetics (3)

The course considers many examples derived from the study of the genetics of human disease, and includes most general areas of interest, including simple Mendelian disorders, and complex chronic diseases such as cancer nd cardiovascular disease, and variable special topics including immunogenetics and the genetics of imprinting or other processes. the course usually also touches briefly on the nature of forensic genetics and the problem of making inferences from individual genotypes. Finally, the course considers the bioethical and societal issues involving contemporary human genetics. The study of disease genetics is important for students preparing for graduate work in medicine and other health professions as well as for graduate studies in molecular and evolutionary genetics and related areas, including biological anthropology and bioethics. This course is relevant to requirements or appropriate electives for life science majors and graduate students (check with your academic advisor). Over the years, it has proven to be excellent preparation for subsequent graduate and professional work in these areas. The course is offered most years, in the fall semester. Depending on enrollment and other factors, the course may include graded homework or other components, but evaluation is predominantly based on exams during the semester and a comprehensive final. This course is cross listed as ANTH 460 and BIOL 460, but there is only one course, at the same time and place, for all students no matter how they register. In some years, a 4-credit Honors version is offered (ANTH 460H/BIOL 460H), that is identical to 460 but with an additional class period each week involving additional written and presentational assignments and term projects, along with the regular 460 exams, that combine to determine the final grade. Total enrollment is capped at about 100 students.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: ANTH 021 orBIOL 110 orBIOL 133 or permission of program for a different introductory genetics course

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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