HST.161 Molecular Biology and Genetics in Modern Medicine

As taught in: Fall 2007

Pedigrees showing two approaches for collecting families for linkage analysis.

Diagram of two approaches for collecting families for a linkage analysis. Top (A): part of a Huntington's disease analysis from a single large pedigree. Bottom (B): cystic fibrosis linkage in a collection of many smaller families.  See notes for Lecture 3. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. David Housman

Prof. Anne Giersch

Course Description

This course provides a foundation for understanding the relationship between molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and medicine. It develops explicit connections between basic research, medical understanding, and the perspective of patients. Principles of human genetics are reviewed. We translate clinical understanding into analysis at the level of the gene, chromosome and molecule; we cover the concepts and techniques of molecular biology and genomics, and the strategies and methods of genetic analysis, including an introduction to bioinformatics. Material in the course extends beyond basic principles to current research activity in human genetics.