This course each year examines a number of important and exciting topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, and other related fields of biology. The intellectual and research development that formulated these fundamental concepts is traced through extensive readings of the primary literature. Discussions emphasize the crtical evaluation of experimental techniques, data analysis, and interpretation. Substantial student participation is expected. This course satisfies a distribution requirement in natural and physical science. Prereq. Biochemistry 311, 314, or permission of instructor; 1 meeting (2 1/2 hours); 4 credits.