120.613.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Paul Miller
    Randy Bryant
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • Design schemes to synthesize nucleosides and oligonucleotides
    • Predict the products of reactions between nucleic acids and various chemical agents, ionizing and ultraviolet radiation
    • Understand the design and function of antisense, antigene and siRNAs
    • Understand the design and synthesis of nucleic acid nanostructures and machines
    • Understand how nucleic acid aptamers are applied to biological problems
  • Course Description
    Discusses nucleic acid structure, and also describes techniques for manipulating and analyzing nucleic acids, including gel electrophoresis, PCR, and DNA sequencing. Reviews methods used to synthesize nucleosides, nucleotides and oligonucleotides, and chemical reactions that lead to modifications of nucleic acids. Additional topics include: nucleic acid molecular beacons and molecular wires; antisense and antigene oligonucleotides; nucleic acid nanostructures and "machines", and nucleic acid aptamers.
  • Intended Audience
    PhD or MHS students interested in biochemical sciences
  • Methods of Assessment

    Midterm and final exam.

  • Prerequisites
    Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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