MORPHOLOGY AND GENETICS OF DEVELOPMENT
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding
The course is designed to give the students the methods for studying the genetical and morphological organization of the human body, with particular attention to the development of the optical system.
Applying knowledge and understanding
the student must recognize the morphological development of the main organs
the student must solve simple case studies
the student must use technically sound terminology
the student must be able to summarize a brief morphological text
Course contents summary
Genes, genotype and phenotype. The chromosomes: structure and function.
Basic concepts of development: determination and differentiation, development patterns in Metazoa: the Drosophila.
Development of the body patterns: segmentation genes.
Determination of sex.
Genetic control of eye development and evolution of the eye and photoreceptors.
Suzuki DT, Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Lewontin RC. Genetica. Principi di Analisi Formale. Zanichelli.
Fuhrmann S. Eye Morphogenesis and Patterning of the Optic Vesicle. Current Topics in Developmental Biology, 2010; Volume 93, pagg. 61-84
Graw J. Eye Development. Current Topics in Developmental Biology, 2010; Volume 90, pagg. 343-386
Assessment methods and criteria
Intermediate test (multiple choice) on the main topics of the course. Abilitation to the Integrated Course examination.
The preparation of the student will be considered acceptable with 18/30 correct answers.