Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques (to qualify as a biomedical laboratory worker) (Verona)

Biological Sciences - GENETICA MEDICA

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Name of lecturer
Alberto Turco
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Lezioni 2 Semestre TLB dal Mar 4, 2019 al May 3, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The Course will aim at giving the basics of human and medical genetics, in order to be able to understand the principles of transmission of normal and abnormal inherited traits, as well as the development of inherited biological variation. At the end of the course the student should be able to draw a human pedigree, to distinguish the various types of mendelian inheritance, to estimate the genetic recurrence risks of mendelian and complex disorders, to understand and interpret normal and abnormal human karyotypes, and to understand the ethical, social and medical issues relating to prenatal genetic testing.


General Human Genetics and genomics. The human genome. Pedigrees. monogenic trait transmission. Epigenetics. Genomic imprinting. Human cytogenetics. Human chromosomes. FISH. aCGH. Chromosome anomalies. Microdeletion syndromes. Clinical genetics. Genetic counseling. Genetic risks. Prenatal diagnosis.Preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Genetic tests.Treatment of genetic disease. Precision medicine. Stem cells. Regenerative medicine. Bioethical dilemmas.

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the exam, students should demonstrate to have learned the necessary knowledges listed in the programme, to demonstrate skills in exposing their arguments in a critical and precise way, using an appropriate scientific language.
The Medical Genetics exam consists of a mutiple choice written test questions, open questions and exercises: 13 multiple choice questions, 5 answers (two points each), and two short open questions. The exam is passed if the score is equal to or greater than 18/30. The positive score is considered valid throughout the academic year. Six exams are planned yearly: two in Winter, 2 in Summer and 2 in Autumn.


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