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GENE223 Developmental and Applied Genetics

Developmental genetics of bacteria, yeast, animals and plants; mutant screens to investigate gene function; applications of genetically engineered plants and animals in biotechnology; safety and regulation of GE organisms.

GENE 223 provides an overview of the genetic basis of development in a broad range of organisms - from microorganisms to animals and plants. Development specifies the morphology of these organisms. The paper includes examples of how genetic engineering is used to understand development and how genetics can be applied to biotechnology. Examples include genetic manipulation in animals, yeast and plants. The lecture course is complemented by a laboratory course that gives hands-on experience of methods that are used in developmental genetics and biotechnology.

Paper title Developmental and Applied Genetics
Paper code GENE223
Subject Genetics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
CELS 191 and 54 further points
Recommended Preparation
GENE 221 and BIOC 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
The paper is appropriate for students majoring in biological sciences (including Genetics, Zoology, Botany), applied sciences or biomedical sciences
Contact
tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Tina Summerfield
Other teaching staff: Professor Clive Ronson, Dr Chris Brown, Dr Caroline Beck, Associate Professor Richard Macknight, Associate Professor Peter Dearden, Associate Professor Paul Guy, Dr David Burritt and Dr Gillian Mackay
Paper Structure
The lecture course is divided into five topics:
  • Bacterial model systems (3 lectures)
  • Yeast as a model eukaryote (4 lectures)
  • Animal development (10 lectures)
  • Plant development (4 lectures)
  • Biotechnology (9 lectures)
The practical sessions of the course will provide the opportunity to experience some of the methods used in developmental genetics and biotechnology and to learn skills required for the interpretation of results. This includes genetic analysis of yeast, embryonic development in animal and plants (including chemical manipulation of zebrafish development), the use of commercial kits for detecting genetically modified organisms and discussion of the ethical, economic and environmental issues around the use of genetic engineering.
Teaching Arrangements
There are six weeks of laboratory classes, in three 2-week blocks. Students are assigned to one of two lab streams.
Textbooks
Recommended:
Introduction to Genetic Analysis, Griffiths, 11th Edition. Earlier editions of this book are also satisfactory if you have access to a copy.
Course outline
View the information sheet for GENE 223
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The broad objectives of GENE 223 are to understand:
  • The complexity of developmental genetics in bacterial model systems
  • The use of yeast as a simple model of eukaryote development
  • The diversity of animal models for development; signalling in animal development
  • Sex determination as a developmental cascade
  • Genetic screens as tools to build genetic pathways
  • Production and use of transgenic plants to understand development
  • Genetic control of flowering
  • The use of genetically engineered organisms as chemical factories
  • Manipulation to improve quality and yield
  • The production of transgenic foods and the associated health, safety and regulatory issues

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
M1 Monday 09:00-09:50 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 28-29, 32-33, 37-38
P2 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-30, 33-34, 38-39

Developmental genetics of bacteria, yeast, animals and plants; mutant screens to investigate gene function; applications of genetically engineered plants and animals in biotechnology; safety and regulation of GE organisms.

GENE 223 provides an overview of the genetic basis of development in a broad range of organisms - from microorganisms to animals and plants. Development specifies the morphology of these organisms. The paper includes examples of how genetic engineering is used to understand development and how genetics can be applied to biotechnology. Examples include genetic manipulation in animals, yeast and plants. The lecture course is complemented by a laboratory course that gives hands-on experience of methods that are used in developmental genetics and biotechnology.

Paper title Developmental and Applied Genetics
Paper code GENE223
Subject Genetics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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Prerequisite
CELS 191 and 90 further points
Recommended Preparation
GENE 221 and BIOC 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
The paper is appropriate for students majoring in biological sciences (including Genetics, Zoology, Botany), applied sciences or biomedical sciences.
Contact
tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Tina Summerfield
Other teaching staff: Professor Clive Ronson, Dr Chris Brown, Dr Caroline Beck, Associate Professor Richard Macknight, Associate Professor Peter Dearden, and Dr Gillian Mackay
Paper Structure
The lecture course is divided into five topics:
  • Bacterial model systems (3 lectures)
  • Yeast as a model eukaryote (4 lectures)
  • Animal development (10 lectures)
  • Plant development (4 lectures)
  • Biotechnology (9 lectures)
The practical sessions of the course will provide the opportunity to experience some of the methods used in developmental genetics and biotechnology and to learn skills required for the interpretation of results. This includes genetic analysis of yeast, embryonic development in animal and plants (including chemical manipulation of zebrafish development), the use of commercial kits for detecting genetically modified organisms and discussion of the ethical, economic and environmental issues around the use of genetic engineering.
Teaching Arrangements
There are six weeks of laboratory classes, in three 2-week blocks. Students are assigned to one of two lab streams.
Textbooks
Recommended:
Introduction to Genetic Analysis, Griffiths, 11th Edition. Earlier editions of this book are also satisfactory if you have access to a copy.
Course outline
View the information sheet for GENE 223
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The broad objectives of GENE 223 are to understand:
  • The complexity of developmental genetics in bacterial model systems
  • The use of yeast as a simple model of eukaryote development
  • The diversity of animal models for development; signalling in animal development
  • Sex determination as a developmental cascade
  • Genetic screens as tools to build genetic pathways
  • Production and use of transgenic plants to understand development
  • Genetic control of flowering
  • The use of genetically engineered organisms as chemical factories
  • Manipulation to improve quality and yield
  • The production of transgenic foods and the associated health, safety and regulatory issues

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
M1 Monday 09:00-09:50 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 28-29, 32-33, 37-38
P2 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-30, 33-34, 38-39