BT1010 Life Sciences

Course Contents:

Course Overview- Evolution & Origin of Life, Theories for origin of life –Darwinian selection, Diversity of Life; Cell structure- Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures, Functions of Organelles, Mitosis and Meiosis; Classical Genetics – Mendel’s laws and Patterns of Inheritance.Structures of Bio-molecules – DNA, RNA, Protein, Carbohydrates and Lipids; Molecular Genetics – Overview of Information Flow in Biological Systems; Techniques in Cell & Molecular biologyStructure and Regulation of Cellular Metabolism; Energy Flow – Photosynthesis, Cell Respiration, Cellular Oxidation of Glucose; Membrane biology – Cellular Transport and Signal Processing.Overview of Developmental Biology, Human physiology, Behavioral biology.

Text Books:

1. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition, 2007, Garland Science

2. David S. Goodsell, The Machinery of Life, 2nd Edition, 2009, Springer

3. Paul Davidovits, Physics in Biology and Medicine, 3rd Edition, 2007, Academic Press

4. Colin Ratledge, Bjorn Kristiansen, Basic Biotechnology, 3rd Edition, 2006, Cambridge University Press