The course is designed for students with at least a basic background in cell and molecular biology as provided in MBB 245/247 or BIO 188/353. Having taken BIO 340 is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. In previous years, students without a strong biology background have shown they can do well in the course provided that they are motivated enough to put in some extra hours every week, particularly in the beginning.
Make sure you have your textbook that was used for your introductory biology course. Introductory biology should have provided you with knowledge on, for example:
The required textbook for the lecture part of the MBB 343 / BIO 343 course is the third edition of Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA, by Bernard R. Glick and Jack J. Pasternak. This edition was published by the American Society for Microbiology in 2003. This book provides a detailed and well-written treatise of the molecular-genetic material covered in class; in some areas the book goes into considerably more detail than we will do in class, and those sections of the book do not need to be studied in detail. However, in class we will also cover applications and social implications that receive less emphasis in the book. Generally, the emphasis placed on items in class, rather than in the book, is where one can expect emphasis in quizzes and exams. Even though the textbook provides a glossary, we recommend that you compose your own glossary of terms that you come across in the book, in the lab, and in the additional materials: this really helps you to stay on track and to understand the materials!
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Center for Bioenergy & Photosynthesis
Arizona State University
Room PSD 209
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604
16 August 2007
phone: (480) 965-1963
fax: (480) 965-2747