GNA5051 - Medical and Forensic Genetics

General Unit Information

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The study of genetics and its applications to medicine and forensic biology including genetic disorders, genetic screening, multifactorial disorders, host pathogen interactions and forensic application of genetics. The impact and ethics of recent genetic advances on both the individual and society will be discussed.  Practical sessions will involve approaches to identify the genetic basis of disease, genetic testing and risk analysis, and forensic genetics.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Assess the application of modern genetic techniques to: i) the characterisation, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases; and ii) the identification of individuals and relationships between individuals by forensic genetics;
  2. Evaluate how variations in  sequence can  affect gene function and  lead to disease symptoms; outline how understanding molecular pathology can aid in the treatment of disease; and illustrate the value of model organisms in investigating human disease;
  3. Demonstrate high-level skills in data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation, and combine these in written scientific reports and oral presentations;
  4. Combine advanced problem-solving skills to evaluate issues involving medical and forensic genetics;
  5. Critically evaluate and summarise new discoveries from the scientific literature in medical and forensic genetics.

Specific Unit Information

NamesProf Rob Bryson-Richardson (Clayton Campus) 
Office location18Inn (Bld 17) - Rm 309 
Office hoursBy appointment - please e-mail 
Technical coordinators
NamesChrista Meek
Office location18Inn (Bld 17) - Rm 337 
PrescribedGenetics in Medicine, Nussbaum, R.L., McInnes, R.R. and Willard, H.F. /Thompson and Thompson, 8th Edition Saunders Elsevier, 2007 
RecommendedHuman Molecular Genetics, Strachan, T. and Read, A.P. , 3rd Edition, Garland Science 2004
Human Evolutionary Genetics, Jobling MA Hurles ME and Tyler-Smith C., Garland Science 2004 
Program for 2021
Handbook EntryGNA5051 - Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites 
ScheduleGNA5051 - Lecture & Practical Schedule for 2021
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