FORM, FUNCTION & GENETICS

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2014
Subject Name: 
Biology
Course Number: 
157Y
Institution: 
Smith College
This two-semester introductory laboratory experience focuses on the biology of bacteriophage, important players in microbial ecosystems. In collaboration with laboratories around the country, you will be involved in the discovery, isolation, characterization and description of previously unknown bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. Crucial to the "horizontal" transfer of genetic information, they have shaped the evolution of bacterial physiology and bacterial genomes. The first semester will focus on the isolation, purification and characterization of naturally-occurring phages in local soil environments. In the second semester, we obtain the full sequence of our selected phage genome, and will be responsible for exploring, annotating, and distributing this information to the scientific community. Can be taken as an alternative to Bio 151 and Bio 153. Prerequisite: Bio 150 and/or Bio 152 (normally taken concurrently). Enrollment limited to 18.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Schedule #: 
39246-S14

Course Sections

FORM, FUNCTION & GENETICS
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 2.0 Melissa Torres mtorres3@smith.edu MF 01:10-04:00 FORD 120