Due to last Monday's "half snow day", the first lecture by Eric Wieschaus
will be assigned.
link: Eric Wieschaus: Part 1 Patterning Development in the Embryo
Questions about these video lectures may be on the exams (mid-terms
The first class and the introductory laboratory session are both on Friday January 6, 2017!
This is the homepage for Molecular & Developmental Biology (BIOL3530)
Winter Semester of 2017.
Classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 am in the very comfortable room SN2067.
The laboratories are on most Friday's at 2 pm in TBA.
This revamped course is ideal for those interested in whole organism biology and in molecular and cellular biology.
These pages contain the class note outlines for the BIOL3530: Molecular
& Developmental Biology course.
Be certain that you take a copy of current notes with you to class.
Please note that to provide the most up-to-date and correct set of notes, the material may be edited as the class progresses.
In that spirit, please report any errors or broken links to me when found.
BIOL3530: Molecular & Developmental Biology Laboratory Pages
To encourage learning above and beyond the usual, a limited number of bonus marks will be given for innovation and enhanced learning opportunities.
1) Suggestions for mechanisms to earn bonus marks will be considered.
2) Students are encouraged to find and make suggestions to additional contributions to the "Molecular & Developmental Biology in the News" section.
These will be "peer-reviewed" periodically in the class or lab.
Bonus Mark Material
BIOL3530: Molecular & Developmental Biology in the News
BIOL3530: Molecular & Developmental Biology in Popular Culture
BIOL3530: Molecular & Developmental Biology in Everyday
Lectures on Drosophila Development (Supplemental) include:
BIOL3530: Molecular & Developmental Biology Video Links
PBS-Genetic Tool kit (How conserved are the developmental genes?)
Eric Wieschaus' Amazing talks about Drosophila embryonic development
Eric Wieschaus: Part 1 Patterning Development in the Embryo
Eric Wieschaus: Part 2 Stability of Morphogen Gradients & Movement of Molecules
Eric Wieschaus: Part 3 Evolution of Bicoid-based Patterning in the Diptera
BIOL3530: Molecular & Developmental Biology. A study of developmental systems with a focus on the underlying principles and molecular mechanisms involved in cellular differentiation, morphogenesis and growth. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIOL2060: Principles of Cell Biology.
Textbook (required): Principles of Development by Lewis
Wolpert, Cheryll Tickle & others, 5th edition
This is a revised and updated new edition of the best-selling and popular textbook on developmental biology written by one of the most influential developmental biologists of this century, Lewis Wolpert. Developmental biology is at the core of all biology. It deals with the processes by which the genes in the fertilized egg control cell behaviour in the embryo and so determine its pattern, form, and much of its behaviour. This book emphasizes the principles and key developments in order to provide an approach and style that will appeal to undergraduate students of all levels.
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