Cells are the basic units of life that constitute every living organism. They vary largely in size, organisation and appearance from bacteria, through huge plant cells to eukaryotes. However, they all are very complex systems that are evolved to survive and reproduce, which are supported by intricate mechanisms. The discovery of DNA as the carrier of genetic information and understanding how the genetic information is translated into proteins revolutionised biology and lead to a new discipline: molecular biology. The concepts and methods of molecular biology enable us to catch a glimpse of the intimate inner life of cells. In this module, we are going to look at cells at the molecular level, covering topics such as cellular organisation, energetics, membranes, transport systems, intra- and intercellular communication. A strong is emphasis is put on learning about experimental techniques in molecular biology.
Module Leader:Hódsági János