Molecular Medicine (B.Sc.)
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of molecular medicine. This major lays an important foundation for medical science. Explore anatomy, pathology, and discover different areas of research. Become part of an innovative discipline that is helping to shape the future of medicine.
What is the degree program about?
Molecular medicine is concerned with the fundamentals of life and its pathological changes. Towards the end of the 19th century, biochemistry first emerged as an independent subject from medicine and organic chemistry. Since then, biochemical laboratory analyses have become an almost irreplaceable diagnostic tool in medicine: Blood analyses of metabolites and enzyme activities have long been part of the routine protocol of outpatient and inpatient examinations. In fact, most metabolic diseases and endocrine disorders can only be diagnosed biochemically.
The rapid development of molecular medicine has triggered a fundamental change in clinical medicine in recent years: The number of diseases whose cause can be defined by molecular genetics is constantly increasing. Clinically relevant examples are the molecular elucidation of cystic fibrosis (cystic fibrosis) and progressive muscular dystrophy of the Duchenne type.
DNA analysis of oncogenes enables tumor-prone patients to be reliably diagnosed and treated as a precaution, while human neurotransmitter receptors can be transplanted into cell cultures by recombinant expression of the associated genes, thus enabling the development of novel, highly selective pharmaceuticals. But it is not only the number of diseases characterized by molecular genetics that is constantly growing. Understanding viral and bacterial infection pathways or drug effects would also be inconceivable without the findings of molecular biology, biochemistry and cell physiology.
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