This unit introduces students to concepts and methods in human genetics with a major focus on disease. Advances in human genetics in the last decade have had a major impact on medical science from early diagnosis through to targeted therapies. Fundamental genetic principles will be explored including genome structure, gene regulation, genetic heterogeneity and inheritance. Students will apply their knowledge to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms, diagnosis and screening of both monogenetic and multifactorial disorders.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.