MASC 429: Marine Natural Products and Biotechnology


Introduction and scope of marine natural products and biotechnology application; marine resources (biological and chemical diversity), history of marine natural products, marine natural product classes; chemical ecology of marine invertebrates; classification of chemical metabolites and chemical defence systems; isolation and analysis of marine natural products; drug prospecting from marine organisms; nucleic acids and protein biosynthesis; recombinant DNA and genetic engineering in marine systems; application of biotechnology to marine pollution, ecosystem disease and harmful algal blooms; current topics and new technologies in marine molecular biology, mutagenesis, microbial diversity etc.