Advanced genetic engineering

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
3

PRODUCTION
ENVIRONMENT

Biotechnology
University of Algarve

Synopsis

A general overview of advanced genetic engineering is provided emphasis is given to its multidisciplinary nature and development. Biotechnology in agriculture (green biotechnology) and the food industry is taken as the historical starting point and then its applications in biomedicine (red), marine (blue) and industry (white) are considered. The discipline takes a technology based approach to explore the green, blue and red biotechnology revolution and the main applications, benefits and future challenges. This a theoretical and theoretical practical based discipline.

Pre-requisites

BSc in Science.

Objectives

The student should develop a working knowledge of the scope of techniques in biotechnology and their applications. They will be aware of the main advances and successful commercial applications in biotechnology and the current limitations and challenges. Students should become conversant with marine biotechnology and its potential in key areas such as biofuels and bioactive molecules.

Bibliography

1) Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics. 7th Edition (Sandy B. Primrose, Richard Twyman), 2006; ISBN-13: 978-1405135443
2) Genetics: From Genes to Genomes (Leland Hartwell), 2014; ISBN-13: 978-0073525310
3) Springer Handbook of Marine Biotechnology. (Se-Kwon Kim), 2015; ISBN 978-3-642-53971-8

Assessment

Two elements will be used for assessment: 1) - An exam in which students have to answer 2 out of 4 essay questions, and 2) - Presentation and discussion of a scientific article.

Involved teachers

Natalia Marques (nmarques@ualg.pt), Jose Leitao (jleitao@ualg.pt) Joao Varela (jvarela@ualg.pt)

Contact hours

lectures
12

practicals

seminars
2

computerclass

fieldwork

other
12