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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 7.16 (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology II 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Biology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Christopher Burge
    Prof. David Sabatini
    Dr. Marilee Ogren-Balkema
    Dr. Alice Rushforth 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 7.16 Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology II



    Spring 2005




    Course Highlights


    This course features lab protocols and notes on scientific communications.


    Course Description


    The course applies molecular biology and reverse genetics approaches to the study of apoptosis, or programmed cell death (PCD), in Drosophila cells. RNA interference (RNAi), or double stranded RNA-mediated gene silencing, will be used to inhibit expression of candidate apoptosis-related genes in cultured Drosophila cells. Teams of 2 or 3 students will design and carry out experiments to address questions about the genes involved in the regulation and execution of PCD in this system. Some projects involve the use of DNA damaging agents or other cytotoxic chemicals or drugs to help understand the pathways that control a cell's decision to undergo apoptosis. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication are provided.


    Special Features




    Technical Requirements


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    WARNING NOTICE

    The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous and require a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented.

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