Genetics and Modern Genetic Technologies

Course Aim

Students who complete this course will understand the key concepts of genetics and the advantages of modern genetic technologies. In addition, through the exercise of genome editing using cultured human cells, students can realize the power, simplicity of use, and potential risks of genome editing technologies. Target Students 1. Students who majored in biology or life science, and want to review the key concepts of genetics and learn modern genetic technologies. 2. Students who did not major in biology or life science, but are interested in genetics and its associated technologies.

Course Description

A hands-on introduction to the key concepts of genetics and advances in modern genetic technologies. Learn about fundamental principles of genetics underpinning biologically inherited traits, from classical population genetics to modern molecular genetics.  Investigate modern genetic technologies for sampling, analysing, and editing genes and experience gene manipulation in the laboratory using CRISPR/Cas9 technology in cultured cells. Discuss the various advantages, drawbacks, and ethics of particular gene-editing technologies.

Course Contents

1. Mendel’s principles of heredity and extensions to Mendel’s laws
2. The chromosome theory of inheritance
3. Linkage, recombination, and the mapping of genes on chromosomes
4. DNA structure, replication, and recombination
5. Anatomy and function of a gene: Dissection through mutation
6. Gene expression and analysis of genetic information
7. Chromosomal rearrangements and changes in chromosome number
8. Bacterial genetics and organellar inheritance
9. Gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
10. Manipulating the genomes of eukaryotes
11. The genetic analysis of development and cancer
12. Variation and selection in populations
13. The genetics of complex traits
14. Discussion: Future improvements and ethical issues of genetic technologies
15. Exercise: Genome editing of cultured human cells


Participation 20%, Examination 40%, and Presentation 40%


Genetics, From Genes to Genomes, Sixth edition, by Hartwell et al (2018), McGraHill Education

Reference Books

Essential Genetics and Genomics, Seventh edition, by Daniel L. Hartl (2020), Jones & Bartlett learning.

Research Specialties