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91345 Biochemistry, Genes and Disease

6cp; 6hpw
Requisite(s): 91320 Metabolic Biochemistry
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


This subject covers biochemical and genetic aspects of human diseases for students planning careers in medical science, diagnostic biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. In this subject, students learn about some of the more common heritable genetic defects and their medical and biochemical consequences. In addition, students further develop knowledge and practical skills in the biomedical applications of biochemical and molecular analysis. The lecture series covers three main areas: heritable metabolic defects, e.g. hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis, familial hyperlipidemia, Down's syndrome; biochemical physiology and pathology, e.g. human biochemistry as expressed by lipid metabolism, detection of disease states resulting from altered biochemical systems; and current trends in biochemical/molecular research including cancer and gene therapy for diabetes. The practical component enables students to gain experience in test procedures used to detect and monitor disease, including techniques of radioimmunoassay, electrophoresis and PCR screening.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus


This subject was formerly called Clinical Biochemistry 2.

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