This course discusses the principles and methods used in the study of genetics in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model systems. The topics include: Mendelian genetics, population genetics and genetic recombination and mutation. The course will also include an in-depth discussion of genetic processes (the structure and function of DNA, genes and chromosomes, replication, transcription, and translation). Genetic methods (theory and use) will be discussed the use of genetic methods to analyze genes and protein function as well as gene regulation. The genetics of disease (viral, cancer and inherited single gene diseases) as well as the genetics of the immune system will be discussed. The laboratory will address: inheritance of traits, genetic recombination, transformation, transcriptional regulation, and biotechnology techniques.