BB2180 Molecular Biotechnology, Theory 6.0 credits
Molekylär bioteknik, teori
This course is in the process of being cancelled.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Last planned examination: Autumn 11
At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.
Molecular biotechnology is becoming a more important element in today’s society. Molecular biotechnology is used for, among other things, medical purposes, for example the diagnosis of different diseases and for the development and production of therapeutics. Other, more technical, applications can be exemplified by the development of biological purification filters, the manufacturing of more robust and efficient enzymes to be used in different processes etc.
The courses main goal is to provide a good insight into the principles and methods on which modern biotechnology is based and provide understanding for their inherent possibilities and limits to solver the future problems and issues.
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
- describe, within molecular biotechnology, normally used enzymes’ biotechnological function and usage area
- from a given problem, design a suitable pcr-research, for example the cloning of a certain gene, and explain the necessary components’ functions
- explain the principle behind different DNA-sequencing methods and discuss their possible strengths and weaknesses
- give examples of different physical and genetic strategies for modifying/manipulating by gene expression and describe which consequences this have on a cellular level
- describe different mutagens, screening, and selection methods which are used within the protein engineering field and work out strategies where these are applied in order to solve biotechnological issues.
- from a given issue or problem, choose an appropriate combination of value-vector systems and describe its advantages and disadvantages in relation to other conceivable combinations and describe/explain the different vector component’s/element’s functions
- describe the principles behind modern genetics-based vaccines and give proof of their advantages and disadvantages and possible limits compared with traditional vaccines.
- give examples of methods for transcription and proteome analysis and explain the underlying principles.
Course main content
The basics for molecular biotechnology will be reviewed. The tools which enable molecular biotechnology are presented: different enzymes, vectors, gene libraries, synthesis of DNA/RNA, DNA sequencing, amplification of DNA-PCR, value-vector systems, promoters, fusion proteins, design of recombinant bioprocesses, protein expression in yeast, insect cells and mammal cells, mutagens, protein engineering. Applications of molecular biotechnology will be covered, for example, molecular diagnostics, DNA-diagnostics of genetic sicknesses and infection diseases. Modern vaccines, sub-unit vaccines, protein vaccines, nucleic acid vaccines, will be discussed. Trans-genetic plants and animals. Molecular genetics. Gene therapy. Furthermore, actual examples from the function genomics work area will be clarified
BB1010 Introduction to Biotechnology, BB1020 Cellbiology with immunology and BB1080 Biochemistry or BB2380 Biochemistry, theory.
Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA (2003) Glick and Pasternak, 3e ed., ASM, ISBN 1-55581 269-4.
- TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
Written examination (TEN1; 6,0 credits, grading scale A-F)
Patrik Samuelsson, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +46 8 5537 8335
Patrik Samuelsson, email@example.com
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 07.