OSHR 1645 - Epigenetics

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Epigenetics is routinely presented in the popular press as an entirely new and exciting phenomena with descriptors such as "The ultimate mystery of inheritance", "A turning point in our understanding of heredity", "Lamarck’s Revenge ", etc. More coolly considered, epigenetics is defined as heritable change in gene expression that does not involve DNA mutation.

This development is significant because it undergirds a huge range of normal and aberrant biological processes, from development to cancer. The purpose of this course is to consider and compare the new and old aspects of epigenetics, particularly in the face of traditional molecular and general genetics.

Participants will be provided the background knowledge in these areas to segue into the various facets of epigenetics.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.