BIO-164 - Introduction to Biotechnology3 credits
This course provides a general introduction to the field of biotechnology. Research trends and methodologies currently exploited within the field are discussed along with the impact these endeavors may have on the quality of life. The concepts discussed include the history and development of the field of biotechnology and current trends in the biotechnology industry such as recombinant DNA technology, genetic testing, transgenics, gene therapy and biofuels. Laboratory experiments are designed to complement and demonstrate the major concepts presented in lecture and offer hands-on experience with contemporary biotechnology laboratory skills including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), documentation; lab calculations and solution prep; aseptic technique; cell culture and analysis of DNA and proteins. Three lecture and 3 lab hours.
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