KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The main goal of the course is the understanding of the fundamental biochemical aspects of nucleic acids. The first part focusses on the DNA structural features that are the key aspects of stability, informational content and expression of the genetic material. The molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, DNA repair, transcription and translation are analysed in depth. A large part of the course is dedicated to the understanding of fundamental regulatory strategies operating in bacteria and bacteriophages and their possible implications for the control of gene expression in more complex organisms.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The educational objective of the course is to attain the skills necessary for a critical analysis of the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of life, as well as for the understanding of the basic elements of the main cellular processes.
The course is aimed at increasing the ability to critically analyze the molecular mechanisms of life.
The course includes significant activity of classroom discussion aimed at developing the ability of students to trasmit the acquired competence in support of their arguments.
The many advancements in scientific research, particularly in the field of molecular biology require a continuous updating of skills. For this reason, the course aims to provide the necessary tools to achieve a wider knowledge and to align skills to the advancement in biological research.