BIOL 128. Evolution and Development

In this course, we will explore how alterations in embryonic development contribute to evolution. We will cover a wide range of examples spanning body plan diversification during the Cambrian explosion through the much more recent diversification of humans and other primates. Through engagement with the primary literature, students will learn how comparative genomics, experimental analysis of gene regulatory networks and in-depth dissection of cellular processes have revealed discrete genetic, molecular and cellular changes underlying the evolutionary acquisition of novel traits.
Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: BIOL 010, 013, 014, 019, 024, 025, 034, or permission of the instructor.
Natural sciences and engineering.
1 Credit.
Catalog chapter: Biology
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