APS351 Human Evolutionary Genetics
|Teaching Staff||Dr Eran Elhaik, Professor Jon Slate, Dr Kai Zeng|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Jon Slate|
This module will provide students with an understanding of how genomics has shaped our understanding of the evolution of modern humans. This will be achieved through lectures, independent reading and journal club discussions. Topics covered will include: the evolution of modern humans; the history of how humans colonised the world; how the Neanderthal genome has revealed hybridisation between Homo sapiens and Neanderthal man; how human genomes can tell us about the history and causes of modern genetic disorders; how our genomes reveal past episodes of selection; and how life history theory is used to study natural selection and evolution in pre-industrial humans.
Aims and Objectives
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity:
i) To understand the most cutting-edge research in human evolutionary genetics
ii) To understand how genomics can be used to understand genetic variation in modern humans, and how this has relevance to genetic disorders and epidemiology
iii) To be able to identify signatures of selection from DNA databases.
iv) To think independently
Delivery Method: 15 Lectures and 3 workshop sessions
Student Contact Hours: 18
Assessment Method: Examination
Assessment Weighting: 100% Examination
TurnItIn Submission: None
Feedback: Students can also receive feedback on performance in examinations by arranging a meeting with their personal tutor at the start of the following Semester.
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