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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 7.A12 (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic Acids 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Biology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Shuguang Zhang 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 7.A12 Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic Acids

    Fall 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features a complete bibliography of readings.

    Course Description

    Since the discovery of the structure of the DNA double helix in 1953 by Watson and Crick, the information on detailed molecular structures of DNA and RNA, namely, the foundation of genetic material, has expanded rapidly. This discovery is the beginning of the "Big Bang" of molecular biology and biotechnology. In this seminar, students discuss, from a historical perspective and current developments, the importance of pursuing the detailed structural basis of genetic materials.

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