This course examines the role of genes, proteins and RNA in causing or combating diseases, and emphasizes the current conceptual and analytical tools that are brought to bear, and their limitations, on our understanding.
- Developing the perspective that gene-gene interactions are the basis of most human diseases
- Evaluate current methods for identifying disease networks
- Developing a sense of the limitations of current tools and understanding
- Understand the complexities of certain diseases and appreciate how genetic variations influence disease outcomes
- Understand the roles of innate and adaptive immune systems in several diseases
- Understand how use of nucleic acid, protein and cellular biomarkers can improve outcomes, in terms of patient wellbeing and a lower cost of care, for many diseases
- Be able to discuss traditional drug therapy in comparison to new gene and cell therapies in various diseases