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CMB 8335

Molecular Biology Techniques

Credits: 3 credits

Grading: A-F or S/N. 

Prerequisites: BioC 4332, Biol 4003

Course Coordinator: Dr. Douglas Foster, Dept. of Animal Sciences; 

Course Description: This is a lecture/laboratory course that introduces fundamental molecular biology techniques and applications.  Laboratory exercises demonstrate molecular biology principles and commercial options available for isolating, manipulating, and analyzing nucleic acids and proteins.  Emphasis is placed on the applications of molecular biology to gene expression analysis and genetic mechanisms in food animals.

Statement of Objectives: The major objective for this course is to provide a solid understanding of working with nucleic acids.  The student will be expected to master basic laboratory techniques, be knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of various technical approaches, and to successfully complete a laboratory research project.

Course Assignments: Students will work in groups on weekly case reports that address topics in the use of animals in research.  Brief reports are submitted.  Each group will also prepare one oral case presentation per semester and lead class discussion.

Evaluation Procedures: Students will be evaluated based on two written examinations, an oral presentation of their independent laboratory project, and a written final report of their independent project.

Text and Reference Materials: “Genes VII”, Benjamin Lewin will be provided via on-line access;  and selected readings as determined by the instructors.

Supplementary Information: This course is cross-listed with ANSC8131.

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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