Biology is the study of life and embraces many different areas of both biological and biomedical interest. Studies range from exploring molecular structures, to understanding how genes work, the development and behaviour of microorganisms, plants and animals, their evolution, and their environmental interactions and impacts. It reveals core scientific knowledge of how cells and organisms function, and results in applications that underpin up-to-the-minute technological and scientific advances. This is the study of biological systems at the molecular level. It has opened up since the discovery of the structure of DNA and is being used to change aspects of medicine, agriculture and industry, for example, through genetic engineering. Indeed, it underpins the genomics revolution that is changing the face of all biological and biomedical science areas. You will be introduced to molecular cloning and genetic manipulation techniques central to the study of organisms and to biotechnology.