20.002 Metakaryotic Biology and Epidemiology
Introduces non-eukaryotic metakaryotic cells that serve as the stem cells of human fetal/juvenile growth and development. Considers their peculiar modes of genome organization in chromosomal rings, replication via dsRNA/DNA intermediates and amitotic segregation. Explores the hypothesis that high mutation rates in these cells lead to cancers and atherosclerotic plaques and account for the increasing death rates observed with human age.
This class has no prerequisites.
20.002 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by W. Thilly.
This class counts for a total of 6 credits.
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