Embryology: Early and Systematic Development - ANAT2341

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Medical Sciences

Course Outline: ANAT2341 Course outline

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite ANAT2241 or BABS2202

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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The first half of this course introduces the morphological and molecular mechanisms of segmentation and patterning responsible for organising the body plan in the embryo. Topics will include the molecular, genetic and cellular approaches to the study of human embryology using four main vertebrate systems: frog, fish, chick and mouse. The second half of this course will cover human fetal development through to birth, including the developmental anatomy of the organ systems. The course will examine the common principles and differences that underlie normal and abnormal development of vertebrates: specifically, the roles of cell differentiation, proliferation and migration, target recognition, interaction in the nervous system, axial polarity, cell adhesion, cell fate and signalling. Emerging technologies such as genomic analysis and the use of transgenic and dysfunctional mouse mutants in research will be covered.

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