GEN-50401 Capita Selecta Genetics


Credits 1.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. BJ Zwaan
Examiner(s)prof. dr. BJ Zwaan

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Genetics has become an indispensable research component in modern biology. Investigations of any biological process, from the molecular level op to the population level, use the genetic approach to gain understanding of that process. Genetics also has risen to a prominent position in human affairs. Genetic insights and methods are essential in plant and animal breeding, and in the study and treatment of disease. Also, genetics has presented humans with large number of ethical dilemmas, for example concerning genetically modified foods, eugenics, privacy of genetic information about individuals, and loss of genetic diversity in nature.

Each student can choose an advanced topic of his/her own interest within the broad field of genetics, read relevant publications and write an essay about it. Alternatively, instead of writing an essay it is also possible to develop a teaching module.

Learning outcomes:

The student will gain knowledge of and insights in recent genetic developments and applications and will learn to write an essay about it, or develop a teaching module.


Oral presentation and evaluation of the written essay or the developed teaching module.