This module focuses on the concept of genes as the
molecule of heredity and DNA as the genetic material. It
introduces the following basic concepts in this extremely
broad subject: chromosome organisation, germline and
somatic cell DNA transmission, Mendelian inheritance
and phenotypic expression of genes, breeding and
genetic crossing, and heritable genetic disorders and their
implications. The main learning objectives of this module
are to allow students to (1) show an appreciation for
genetic inheritance and transmission; (2) understand the
mechanisms behind genetic transmission and variability;
and (3) be able to relate genetic defects to common
genetic disorders and birth abnormalities.
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