MELS 314

The applications of the methodologies of cell and molecular biology in the rapidly-evolving biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries with an emphasis on the major sectors involving human therapeutics, human diagnostics, and genomics. Cell and molecular biology technologies adapted to mass production techniques to produce the products of biotechnology are surveyed. Typical pathways of product development from original basic research, product inception, clinical trials, regulatory approval, and commercialization are covered. Students will examine the current programs of the research and development of selected biotechnology and pharmacological corporations. The main topics covered in this course are: The biotechnology century and its workforce; An introduction to genes and genomes; Recombinant DNA technology and genomics; Proteins as products; Microbial biotechnology; Plant biotechnology; Animal biotechnology; DNA fingerprinting and forensic analysis; Bioremediation; Aquatic biotechnology; Medical biotechnology; Biotechnology regulations; and Ethics and biotechnology.