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Prokaryotic Diversity

  • MCB 6151 Prokaryotic Diversity

    Credits: 3
    Tuition: $1,605

    Semester: Summer C
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    This course is an introduction to the diversity of Bacteria and Archaea. Discussions will provide a conceptual and historical framework for understanding their
    1) origin and evolution;
    2) morphological, metabolic, and molecular characteristics;
    3) genetic and physiological diversity;
    4) importance in human/animal/plant health; and
    5) roles in elemental cycling.

    Course Details:

    The specific objectives of this course are to expose students to the following topics:

    • Origin, evolution, and genetic diversity of microbial life;
    • Physiological diversity of metabolic and bioenergetic pathways;
    • Microbial species and speciation;
    • Phylogenetic and functional analysis of (meta)genomic data;
    • Characterization of uncultivated microbial lineages (microbial “dark matter”); and
    • Linkage between microbial diversity, function, and ecology;

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