(3 credits)This course will examine bacterial genetics focusing on molecular mechanisms. Experimental approaches used to dissect complex biological phenomena will be particularly emphasized. The course is designed to be useful for those who study bacterial systems as well as those who use bacterial systems as tools for investigating eukaryotic systems. This half-semester course is designed to complement the Molecular Virology course given the second half of the semester and will focus on prokaryotic systems. The classes will be split between presented material and discussion of papers from the primary literature.