Medical Genetics

Second Semester - 3 Credit Hours - BSCN-605

Medical Genetics emphasizes the importance of Genetics in Medicine. Throughout the course, diseases related to molecular and genetic disorders will be emphasized together with the aid of weekly clinical vignettes.  The first half of the course deals with the fundamental molecular biology topics and their medical applications such as human genome structure, DNA, RNA, protein synthesis, regulation of gene expression, and tools in genomic and molecular medicine. The second half of the course stresses genetics topics including a discussion of cancer genetics, genetic inheritance, pedigrees and probabilities, population genetics, pharmacogenomics, prenatal diagnosis and screening and concludes with the current approaches to the treatment of genetic diseases. The goal of this course is to understand the basic molecular biology and emphasize the relevance of genetics in a clinical context.