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BIO4390 Major Transitions in Evolution 3 op
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics
Person in charge
Csaba Ortutay
Preceding studies
Elementary knowledge of molecular machinery of inheritance (base pairing, transcription, translation). A concept on mechanism of selection and basic knowledge about natural history of life.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
Biolääketieteellisen teknologian yksikkö
Curricula 2011 – 2012


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

Overview of most important events in molecular evolution of life.


Formation of life; Forming of replicators; Forming of chromosomes; Switch from RNA to DNA; The Prokaryotes - Eukaryotes transition; Origin of sexuality; Multicellular organisms; Formation of colonies, societies and the case of languages.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Oral exam 
In English

Final examination on the lectures and selected parts of the literature.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Maynard Smith and Szathmáry (1995) The Major Transitions in Evolution.

Belongs to following study modules

Biolääketieteellisen teknologian yksikkö
Biolääketieteellisen teknologian yksikkö
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Biolääketieteellisen teknologian yksikkö