GENERAL BIOLOGY

Degree course: 
Corso di Long single cycle degree (6 years) in MEDICINE AND SURGERY
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2016/2017
Year: 
1
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2016/2017
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
Credits: 
2
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
20
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (20 hours)
Requirements: 

None

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Objectives of the course
The Course is intended to give the students the methodological basis for the study of biological phenomena in man, and, in particular, of genetic variability and of the mechanisms of transmission and expression of genetic information at cell and molecular level. The goal is to furnish the student with tools for the understanding of genetic variability and of genetic phenomena relevant in man, mainly in relation to pathology, besides giving some basic information on bacteria and viruses genetics, and to give a contribution to the education of a medical doctor able to use correctly the methods of genetic analysis in his medical practice.

Program of the course
1. The appearance of life on earth and the evolution of living organism; prokaryotes and eukaryotes; asexuate and sexuate reproduction; the cell as structural and functional unit of living organisms.
2. Methods in formal general genetics: the Mendelian inheritance; fenotypic interaction among genes and modifications of Mendelian ratios; the quantitative characters.
3. Methods in general cytogenetics: the chromosomes; the behaviour of chromosomes in mitosis and in meiosis; the cell cycle; the gametogenesis; the sex determination.
4. Chromosomes and hereditary traits: the chromosomal theory of inheritance; the sex-linked inheritance; the complete and incomplete linkage; the recombination and the crossing-over.
5. Methods in molecular genetics: structure and function of DNA; DNA duplication; DNA repair; the gene expression; transcription and translation; the genetic code; The regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; the chromatin; the constitutive and facultative heterochromatin.
6. Methods in genetics of bacteria and viruses: bacteriophages cycles; DNA technologies (restriction enzymes, cloning vectors, cDNA, identification of specific sequences); the structure of the gene.
7. The gene mutation: patterns and methods of study; the chromosome mutation: methods of study and mechanisms of origin of numerical and structural anomalies; the meiotic segregation of balanced structural anomalies.
Activities
Lessons, laboratory activity

Reference books and available material
None. The following list of possible reference books is given the students during the Course:
- Tiepolo, Laudani: Le basi biologiche dell’ereditarietà. 3a ed., Ed. La Goliardica Pavese s.r.l., 1995
- Watson, Baker, Bell, Levine, Losick: Biologia molecolare del gene. 7a ed., Ed. Zanichelli, 2015
- De Robertis, De Robertis: Biologia della cellula e molecolare. 5a ed., Ed. Zanichelli, 1990
- Barigozzi, Ghidoni: Cromosomi e meccanismi ereditari.
Ed. UTET, 1976 (fuori commercio)
- Vogel, Motulski: Human Genetics. 4a ed., Ed. Springer, 2010
- Curtoni, Dallapiccola, De Marchi, Mattiuz, Momigliano Richiardi, Piazza: Manuale di Genetica. 2a ed., Ed. UTET, 1997
- Thompson, Thompson: Genetica in medicina. Ed. Idelson-Gnocchi, 2005
- Gelehrter, Collins, Ginsburg: Principles of medical genetics. 2a ed. Ed. Williams & Wilkins, 1998
- Gelehrter, Collins, Ginsburg: Genetica Medica. 2a ed. Ed. Masson, 1999 (fuori commercio)
- Dallapiccola, Novelli: Genetica Medica essenziale. 3° ed. Ed. Il Minotauro, 2012
- Strachan, Read: Human molecular genetics. 4a ed. Ed. Garland Science, 2011
- Strachan, Read: Genetica umana molecolare. (sulla 4a ed. originale) Ed. Zanichelli, 2012
- Neri, Genuardi: Genetica umana e medica. 3° ed. Ed. Elsevier-Masson, 2014
- Strachan, Goodship, Chinnery: Genetica e Genomica nelle Scienze Mediche. Ed. Zanichelli, 2016
- Harper: Practical genetic counselling. 7a ed. Ed. Taylor & Francis Group, 2010

Slides are available to students.

Verification of learning
Oral examination.

Professors

Parent course