91360 - Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution

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  • Teacher Brunella Del Re

  • Credits 6

  • SSD BIO/18

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Biodiversity and Evolution (cod. 5824)

  • Course Timetable from Oct 19, 2021 to Dec 14, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course provides the knowledge of the basic elements of population genetics and molecular evolution needed to understand evolutionary processes, stimulate and consolidate the student's critical thinking and interpersonal skills through open discussion situations and group work.

Course contents

Introduction to genetics: from mendelian transmission to post-genomic era.

Genetic variation: origin of DNA variation and study methodologies

Genetic structure of populations : Hardy Weinberg equilibrium and its applications; inbreeding, genetic drift, genetic flow, mutation, natural selection and fitness.

Molecules of life. Genome structure. Comparative genomics, genome evolution. Molecular mechanisms underlying molecular evolution: duplication, mutation, recombination, mobile element activity. Genes: omology, orthology and paralogy. Origin of new genes. Origin of new protein domains. Epigenetic mechanisms and evolution.


Lessons materials will be distributed in PDF files to students attending the course.

Some issues will be examined on the basis of reviews and original papers that will be available for the students.

Teaching methods

The theoretical lessons will be held by using slides.

Assessment methods

The exam aims at the assessment of the expected learning outcomes. Written exam (2 hours) comprising both open-ended and closed-ended questions.

Office hours

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