Harvard:Biophysics 101/2007

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Biophysics 101: Genomics, Computing, and Economics

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Course overview

Focuses on modern technologies with exponential growth and their impact on global quality of life through weekly updated Wiki class project (in-depth case studies on personal genomics and/or biofuels). Integrating knowledge, tools for research, and commercial decision-making concerning new aspects of bioengineering, personalized medicine, genetically modified organisms, and stem cells. Interplays of biophysical, ecological, economic, and social/ethical modeling will be explored through multi-disciplinary teams of students, and individual brief reports.

Potential course projects

Earth 2.0

  • Analytic
    • Bioweather map. Collection and use of real-time sequencing data to track spread of diseases, virus outbreaks, etc.
  • Synthetic
    • Bioenergy. Integrated metabolic, genetic, economic, process, environmental modeling.

H. sapiens 2.0

  • Analytic
    • Personal Genome Project – What could we do with a ten (or a million) full genome (or exome) sequences?
  • Synthetic

Logistics

  • Meeting time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00—11:30 am
  • Location: Cambridge campus, exact room to be determined
  • No exams
  • No prerequisites
  • Grading
    • 25% Participation
    • 25% Personal wiki page (weekly assignments)
    • 25% 5-minute presentations
    • 25% Contribution to group project

Background Info and previous class projects


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