This module considers modern developments in biotechnology. Technical aspects of recent biotechnological breakthroughs will be discussed and will cover parts of the fields of molecular biology, genetics, microbiology and enzymology.
Regulatory, economic and ethical aspects of the development of novel products via biotechnological processes will be examined by case studies. Potential benefits and drawbacks of these products will be considered as well.
A. Critically evaluate the regulation, economics and ethics related to modern biotechnological techniques.
B. Describe in detail and understand modern approaches for genetic modification of microbes, plants and animals.
C. Compare metagenomics and other high-throughput techniques with classic methods to find antibiotics.
D. Describe in detail the production and discuss the limitations of biofuels.
The teaching will be achieved through a series of lectures, group discussions, in class literature reviews and student presentations.
Students will be directed to primary sources of literature and reviews, which will be made available through the Virtual Learning Environment.