Very recently revolutionary new techniques made it possible to edit the genomes of living organisms directly. Scientists can now, theoretically, engineer any living cell in very specific manners. This group investigation course explores the technical literature on genome editing and current uses of the methods in research and in the repair of genetic diseases. In parallel, students design experiments to edit the genome of C. elegans animals and engineer worms for research purposes.
Successful completion of BIO 111/113 is required.