at the College of Charleston
An introduction to the principles of heredity using common
experimental organisms. Recent techniques in molecular genetics
are also covered. Genetics 305 Lecture is
pre-requisite or co-requisite.
News & Announcements
1. The Genetics
Laboratory (RHSC 200) is open essentially every day
during regular business hours. Dr. Dillon will certainly be
present Tuesday - Friday 11-12:00, and
times as well, but it's always best to make an appointment.
2. The Lab
available from the College bookstore. The nine
investigations it contains are listed on your lab schedules. Please read the introduction and be familiar with each
You are expected to do your share of the work. Many of the labs
(especially the fruit fly ones) can get tedious, and it's unfair to
expect your lab partner to do all the work if you miss a lab. So
you're sick, please call 953-8087
so arrangements can be made. Some of the
investigations may be impossible to make up, although you can get the
4. Lab reports
are variably-formatted. There will be questions to answer and
analyses to perform for each investigation. You must work
closely with your
partner to gather the data for most lab reports, but please
think independently. Everyone should
submit his own lab
with his own data
Reports are due on the week noted in our course grading.
Lab reports not submitted promptly at the start of class are late, and
be marked off 50%. You have a week-long "grace period" in which
to submit your report for half credit, but reports will not be accepted
quizzes do not consume the entire class period and are not
comprehensive. The same policy pertains as in (3) above - contact
Dr. Dillon at 953-8087 ASAP if you must miss an quiz. Regardless
of your excuse, the
later the make-up, the harder the test.
- A quick and simple introduction to the biology of Drosophila
melanogaster, with links.
Flybase - A huge
database of the Drosophila genome, including sequences,
particular genes, regions of chromosomes, published references,
a comprehensive bibliography.
Interactive Fly - a cyberspace guide to Drosophila genes
and their roles in development.
The Drosophila Genome Project
- Search the genome, download sequence data, and generally mess around
with 120,000,000 nucleotides, courtesy of the Berkeley Drosophila
Genome Project. There are some press releases and other sources
of vaguely intelligible info at this site as well.