Evolutionary, Population and Medical Genomics (MA060222)

(10/27/2021-12/21/2021)

Course Memo

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. This course introduces the fundamentals of evolutionary science as applied to genomics. It will allow to see how the basic population genetics processes create, maintain and affect variability in populations and lead to their changes with time. The focus will be on molecular evolution, i.e., the manifestation of these processes in genomes. As humans, we will be particularly interested in evolutionary aspects of medicine. The course assumes no prior familiarity with evolutionary biology, although knowledge of the basics of molecular biology and genetics is expected. The themes covered will include basic concepts in evolutionary biology and generalizations in evolutionary genomics; population genetics and factors of microevolution; and basics of quantitative genetics.