Biology 392 The Cell Cycle and Cancer

Lecture and Discussion: Course will be taught again during the 2011-2012 academic year

Paul G. Greenwood

Office - Arey 114
Lab - Arey 113A
Ext. - 5732

At right: Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt shows the class an old model of cohesin function

Course Objectives

1) To gain a detailed understanding of how cellular propagation is stimulated and controlled.
2) To gain an understanding of how defects in how cells respond to their environment or how cells ignore propagation controls leads to cancer.
3) To gain an appreciation for the complexities of diagnosing, treating, and living with cancer.

    The text for the course is: Murray, Andrew, and Hunt, Tim. 1993. The Cell Cycle: An Introduction. Oxford University Press, NY. 251 pp.

    You should read virtually all of this book by the end of the course, but you may do so at your own pace. Specific assigned readings will come from a variety of primary papers and review articles (See "Course Schedule" below). You will also be finding papers and readings on your own. A copy of a basic cell biology book will also be useful to you for review, and for additional information about some of the class topics.


Discussions (+) - 21%
Exam 1 - 15%
Exam 2 - 20%
In Class Essay - 7%
Written Essay - 12% see Essay on the Human Impact of Cancer
Symposium - 25% see Symposium on Cancer

Course Materials:

Course Schedule

Essay on the Human Impact of Cancer

Symposium on Cancer

Symposium Schedule

Discussion Guidelines

Discussion Paper Leaders

Discussion Prep Sheet (.pdf format)

Discussion Prep Sheet (.doc format)

Useful Links:

Library Reserve List

Misconceptions of Cancer files

Nature Cancer Update

National Cancer Institute

American Cancer Society

Nobel e-Museum