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Fall 2017

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MCD BIO)
MCD BIO 191 - Variable Topics Research Seminars: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology: What are GMOs? History, Science, and Applications of Genetic Engineering

Seminar: Sem 1

Class ID: 269847201

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Open: 3 of 12 Left

No Waitlist


Hershey Hall Room 164


Goldberg, R.B.

Final Exam Information





None listed


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Enrollment Information

Grade Type

Individual Studies


Letter Grade or Passed/ Not Passed

Class: None



Upper Division

Course Description

Seminar, two hours. Designed for junior/senior departmental majors. Intended for students with strong commitment to pursue graduate studies in molecular, biochemical, physiological, and biomedical fields. Weekly variable topics course with reading, discussion, and presentation of paper selected from current literature. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Class Description

Genetic engineering is one of most revolutionary technologies in history of science, and allowed genes to be isolated from living cells and studied for first time. Invention of genetic engineering in 1970s had profound impact on understanding of basic cellular processes, and gave birth to multi-billion dollar biotechnology industry that created drugs to treat human disease, higher-yielding crops able to grow with fewer chemical inputs, genetic testing services to understand ancestry and genetic makeup, and many other applications of benefit to society. Focus on science of genetic engineering from its origins to present. Reading and analysis of major research papers that have propelled major breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture, and law using genetic engineering technology.

General Education (GE)

This class does not satisfy any GE requirements.

Writing II

This class does not satisfy the undergraduate Writing II requirement.


This class does not satisfy any College/School diversity requirement.

Class Notes



Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Library Reserve

Materials Use Fee