This course introduces the field of genetics as necessary to understand current applications of medical interest. The transmission of hereditary information during cell division and sexual reproduction are discussed followed by the delineation of various inheritance patterns and the use of pedigree analysis. The molecular bases of traits are revealed, including genetic mutations and how they lead to disease. Finally, recombinant DNA technology, genome analysis, and other current genetic topics are discussed with respect to genetic testing / screening and the treatment of genetic disorders. Though fundamental principles in genetics are taught in this course, the main focus will be on the basis, diagnosis, and treatment of genetic disorders.