OSH 817 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course description: This course will describe what genes are, how they are used by the cells of the body, and how they are transmitted from one generation to the next.  It will explain how defective genes arise, and what can be done to treat the resulting genetic diseases using modern gene-therapy methods. As much as possible, the course will be geared toward particular genetic conditions that members of the class are interested in.


Week 1

The basics of human genetics.

Week 2

Gene mutations: how, when, where, how often, what effects?

Week 3

Dominant conditions such as dwarfism, Huntington’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Marfan syndrome, some cancers, and others.

Week 4

Recessive conditions such as sickle-cell anemia, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, muscular dystrophy, some cancers, and others.

Week 5

Multifactorial conditions such as diabetes, spina bifida, alcoholism, asthma, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and others

Week 6

Diagnostic methods, gene-therapy treatments.


Instructor:  Dr. Peter Luykx

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2019-2020 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020