Totally agree with you. The key word is “emphasis”. The basics or old technologies should be taught as a base, upon which the state of the art technologies have to be emphasized.
Agree with you, Reeteka. It would great to have a theme that runs through all the topics. This would give the students a better picture of the way of looking at a problem through different lenses (molecular, cellular, biophysics, mathmatical modeling, etc). Now, I feel they are taught more facts than how to approach biological problems.