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Molecular Genetics, 15 cr


Course description

The course aims at giving a solid foundation in modern molecular genetics. It is intended to be an important part in a Bachelor's exam in Molecular Biology. It will also work as preparation for further studies in a Master's programme in molecular biology or related topics.

The focus will be on understanding central principles and fundamental mechanisms for the organization, replication, expression, variation, and evolution of the genetic material, as well on methods for molecular genetic analyses and gene technology. We are building on your knowledge from previous courses and aim at developing, deepening, and broadening your insights and skills in molecular biology and molecular genetics. The course will emphasize commonalities between different types of organisms, and will therefore be useful for students with many different types of specializations or interests. A main theme of the course is to understand molecular genetics as an experimental discipline, and to appreciate how knowledge in the field is based on experimental evidence. For this purpose, there will be extensive training in reading, evaluating, and discussing scientific papers, as well as in searching, summarizing, and presenting information related to the topic. The course will give orientation and theoretical knowledge about modern molecular genetic methods and tools, and insights into how these contribute to progress in areas like medical genetics, cancer, biotechnology, population genetics, ecology, and evolution.

The course will use a new and well-written textbook, authored by six distinguished female researchers, including one Nobel prize laureate. Studies of the book will be facilitated and complemented by a series of lectures and seminars. Throughout the course, key themes and methodology will be studied in more depth in Journal Club Seminars that are closely connected to the course content. Practical training in molecular genetics and illustrations of some theoretical concepts will be obtained in laboratory and computer exercises. The examination will be based both on a written exam at the end of the course and on seminars throughout the course.

After this course, you may want to go deeper into the topic by taking any of the Master's level courses Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes (BIOR49), Methods in Molecular Biology (BIOR79), Molecular Microbiology (BIOR63), Molecular Biotechnology (BIOR31), and Genetic Analysis (BIOR59/60). But you may also choose to broaden and complement your knowledge by selecting from a range of other courses available in the Molecular Biology Bachelor's and Master's programmes at LU.

During the spring course 2019 the students analysed the sometimes "exotic" meats served at the International Food Market in Lund. It turned out that everything was not exactly as advertised, e.g. there was beef in the "crocodile burger". The results caught the attention of the regional newspaper Sydsvenskan, where you can read more (in Swedish). 

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Study coordinator

Christina Ledje
Study advisor
Education office, Ecology building

Telephone: +46 46-222 73 16
E-mail: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course coordinator

Allan Rasmusson
Senior lecturer
Molecular Cell Biology

Telephone: +46 46-222 93 81
E-mail: Allan [dot] Rasmusson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course literature


Craig, N.L., Cohen-Fix, O., Green, R., Greider, C.W., Storz, G., Wolberger, C, 2014. "Molecular Biology. Principles of Genome Function". 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Course period

The course is offered during the second part of the spring term.The language of instruction is English.


Schedule spring 2019 (pdf)

Resit exam occasions

Resit exams