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Degree
Bachelor
Standard Academic Year
Course delivery methods
face-to-face
Subject
Biological sciences
Program
School
College of Bio-Resources & Agriculture
Department
Campus
Classroom
Course Offering Term
September - November
Weekday and Period
Friday 34
Capacity
Credits
2
Language
English
Course Number
Biot8014

Frontiers in Functional Non-coding Rnas National Taiwan University

Responsible Organization

College of Bio-Resources & Agriculture

Course Overview

IT IS NOW CLEAR THAT LOTS OF NON-CODING RNAS IN THE GENOME ARE FUNCTIONAL AND VERY POWERFUL IN REGULATING GENE ACTIVITIES AND DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESS. DEPENDS ON THE BACKGROUND OF THE STUDENTS, AROUND 1/3 OF THE LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN BY THE INSTRUCTOR FOR INTRODUCING BASIC CONCEPTS IN NON-CODING RNA REGULATED GENE SILENCING, INCLUDING THE POST-TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION BY SIRNA, MICRORNA AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGAN SPECIFIC PIRNAS. THESE WILL COVER THE PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESS INCLUDING GENOMIC IMPRINTING, SEX CHROMOSOME COMPENSATION, SILENCING OF ENDOGENOUS RETROTRANSPOSONS AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY. IN ADDITION, THE INVOLVEMENT OF NON-CODING RNA RELATED REGULATORY MECHANISMS IN CARCINOGENESIS WILL BE DISCUSSED. FOR THE REST OF THE CLASSES, STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED THE MOST UPDATED ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPERS AND CONFERENCE ARTICLES AS WELL AS THE MILESTONE PUBLICATIONS. THEY WILL BE RANDOMLY DIVIDED INTO 2 GROUPS FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT. ONE GROUP WILL BE PRESENTING THE ARTICLES AND STUDENTS IN THE OTHER GROUP ARE EXPECTED TO CHALLENGE THE PAPERS FROM THE EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, THE METHODOLOGY TO THE INTERPRETATION OF THE DATA. STUDENTS IN THE 1ST GROUP SHOULD DEFEND FOR THE PAPERS AS IF IT’S THEIR MANUSCRIPT. STUDENTS FROM THE 2ND GROUP SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE CONSTRUCTIVE ADVICE AS HOW TO IMPROVE THE MANUSCRIPT SO THAT IT CAN BE PUBLISHED IN A HIGHER IMPACT JOURNAL.

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Course prerequisites

PREFERABLY HAVING STUDIED ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS: (INTRODUCTORY) EPIGENETICS, SPECIAL TOPICS IN REPROGRAMMING, GENETICS AND EPIGENETICS IN GERM AND STEM CELLS

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