This course covers the pathological aspects of human genetics, with emphasis on the molecular alterations that cause inherited and acquired human genetic diseases, as well as their diagnosis, therapies, and potential prevention. Mendelian, cellular, and molecular genetics are reviewed, as is the metabolic basis of inherited diseases. Current laboratory techniques used for studying and diagnosing genetic diseases will be explored, as will cutting-edge therapies, including gene therapy techniques, along with their legal, ethical, and moral implications. Students will learn the principles of genetic counseling, including cancer genetics, and ow they integrate with other health care disciplines. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning. (AIL).
Junior or Senior ZCHS students only, or Permission of Instructor.