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Cell Biology: Structure and Functions of the Nucleus

As taught in: Spring 2006

Illustration of a cell nucleus in which the nucleus is shown as a blue sphere.

Graphic illustration of a cell nucleus. (Image courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.)


Prof. Phillip Sharp

Prof. Richard Young

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Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of nuclear cell biology as well as the methodological and experimental approaches upon which they are based. Topics include Eukaryotic genome structure, function, and expression, processing of RNA, and regulation of the cell cycle. The techniques and logic used to address important problems in nuclear cell biology is emphasized. Lectures cover broad topic areas in nuclear cell biology and class discussions focus on representative papers recently published in the field.