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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain the relationship between genotypes and phenotypes in dominant and recessive gene systemsDevelop a Punnett square to calculate the expected proportions of genotypes and phenotypes in a monohybrid crossExplain the purpose and methods of a test crossIdentify non-Mendelian inheritance patterns such as incomplete dominance, codominance, recessive lethals, multiple alleles, and sex linkage
Genetic mutations provide valuable tools for analyzing biochemical pathways in yeast. In this module, students use deletion mutants to analyze the steps in methionine biosynthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. At the end of this module, students will be able to:understand and use the correct genetic nomenclature for genes, proteins and mutant strainsexplain how genetic screens are used to isolate mutant strains with particular phenotypesdistinguish various met deletion strains by their ability to grow on selective media containing different sulfur sources and by their appearnace on indicator mediapredict how mutations in various MET genes will affect the intracellular concentrations of intermediates in the methionine biosynthesis This module is part of a semester-long introductory lab class, Investigations in Molecular Cell BIology, at Boston College.
In this module, students design and implement a strategy to identify yeast deletion strains by colony PCR. At the end of this module, students should be able to:design oligonucleotide primers to amplify specific DNA sequences with PCRexplain how changes to the annealing and extension times affect the production of PCR productsuse PCR to distinguish mutant yeast strains with different genotypesThis module is part of a semester-long introductory lab course, Investigations in Molecular Cell BIology, at Boston College.