Biology | Developmental Biology
L317 | 0640 | Raff
Course format: Lecture: 9:30A-10:45A, TR, JH A106.
Requirements: P: Biol L311 or S311.
Course description: L317 emphasizes analysis of developmental processes
that lead to the construction of the whole organism from a single cell, the
fertilized egg. The course is designed to present the basic principles of
animal development. We will not study the complete embryology of any one
organism; rather, we will consider examples of developmental processes in
many different organisms in order to gain an understanding of the basic
principles of embryology -- to understand the fundamental cellular,
genetic, and molecular mechanisms that underlie development in all animals.
In L317 we will address questions in development from multiple points of
view; we will consider developmental processes at the cellular and
molecular level, and we will also consider how aspects of life history and
evolution impinge on our understanding of developmental biology.
Required text: Scott F. Gilbert, "Developmental Biology", Fifth edition. 1997.
Weekly assignments: A written homework assignment every week except weeks
in which there is a unit exam. Written assignments vary and include
problem sets, short questions on topics covered in class, and readings in
the primary literature.
Exams/papers: Three unit exams plus comprehensive final.