Mutants: Genetic Variation and Human Development (BIO2210.01)

Amie McClellan

Why do humans have precisely 5 fingers and toes? How does a bone know to stop growing when it reaches the appropriate length? What controls our gender? While the human genome successfully encodes the information required to produce a “normal” human being, genetic variation dictates the subtle and not so subtle differences that make us each a unique individual. “Mutant” humans throughout history have provided insights into how genetics underlie development by showing us what can happen when the delicate balance of genes and their proper expression is perturbed. This course will focus somewhat on the history, but more on the biology, behind various human “mutant” conditions including conjoined twins, dwarfism, giantism, albinism, and progeria (rapid aging), to name a few.

Learning Outcomes:
increased scientific literacy and ability to engage with current scientific topics in the media

understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of human development

understanding of the role of genes and mutations in human diseases and disorders

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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