This course offers students with an interest in genetics an advanced elective after taking introductory genetics (BIOL 311). The course covers both classical and molecular aspects of genetic principles. The course emphasizes the use of primary literature and attempts to apply the principles and exceptions of genetics to topics important to society wherever possible. Topics include transposons, epigenetics, RNA interference, mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes, polyploidy, genetic mapping, the various breeding systems of plants, and fruit development without fertilization (apomixis).
Prerequisites: BIOL 311