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BIOL 51600 Molecular Biology of Cancer

Session Offered:

Spring Credit 3.0


GR-BIOL 51600 Requisites

General Requirements:

Student Attribute: GR
May not be taken concurrently.  )
 Rule: 1.: BIOL 23000 or 23100 for a total of 1 conditions )
BIOL 23000
Minimum Grade of D-
May not be taken concurrently. BIOL 23100
Minimum Grade of D-
May not be taken concurrently. End of rule 1.

Rule: 2.: BIOL 24100 for a total of 1 conditions BIOL 24100
Minimum Grade of D-
May not be taken concurrently. End of rule 2.




The course begins with a review of the current research techniques used to examine the biology of eukaryotic cells and then covers seminal discoveries in the areas of cell cycle regulation, DNA, and RNA tumor virology, growth factors and their receptors, signal transduction and oncogenes.  For all topics, an emphasis is placed on the molecular mechanisms governing growth regulation and how alterations in these mechanisms can give rise to disease states such as cancer.  Reading of both historical and current primary literature is required as a supplement to a course textbook.

This course is designed primarily for students interested in professional careers in which a knowledge of molecular biology, as it pertains to growth control and human cancer, would be useful.  There are three scheduled guest lecturers, each of whom presents a seminar on a current cancer research topic in their laboratory.





Title: The Biology of Cancer

ISBN: 9780815342199

Author: Robert Weinberg

Edition: 2



Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Biochemistry (Biology)
      Biochemistry Honors
      Chemical Biology & Biochem
      Cell, Molec & Devel Biol
      Ecol, Evol & Environ Biol
      Health and Disease
      Microbiology Honors
      Neurobiology & Physiology
      Science Education
May not be enrolled as the following Classifications:     
      Freshman: 0 - 14 hours
      Freshman: 15 - 29 hours
      Sophomore: 30 - 44 hours
      Sophomore: 45 - 59 hours

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