PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics

This unit aims to introduce the basis of molecular biology so that students understand the concepts and techniques used to manipulate DNA for industry and research. Students will develop an understanding of DNA structure and function, the human genome, genetic engineering and gene therapy. Plus gain an appreciation of the ethical and safety regulations. This unit also highlights the importance of pharmacogenomics through our increased knowledge of the human genome and new molecular techniques. Students will learn how an individual's genetic make-up can influence their response to drugs, in terms of drug metabolising enzymes, transporters, receptors and adverse effects. They will also understand how these molecular techniques are used in drug development to produce improved and personalised medications.

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