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371 reviews

About the Course

Are you interested in learning how to program (in Python) within a scientific setting? This course will cover algorithms for solving various biological problems along with a handful of programming challenges helping you implement these algorithms in Python. It offers a gently-paced introduction to our Bioinformatics Specialization (, preparing learners to take the first course in the Specialization, "Finding Hidden Messages in DNA" ( Each of the four weeks in the course will consist of two required components. First, an interactive textbook provides Python programming challenges that arise from real biological problems. If you haven't programmed in Python before, not to worry! We provide "Just-in-Time" exercises from the Codecademy Python track ( And each page in our interactive textbook has its own discussion forum, where you can interact with other learners. Second, each week will culminate in a summary quiz. Lecture videos are also provided that accompany the material, but these videos are optional....

Top reviews

Apr 17, 2016

I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.\n\nThis is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.\n\nWhat's not to love?

Apr 14, 2020

A very good course for those who has some (at least a little) experience in programmimg! I really loved it, it was challenging sometimes, especially in the end, but I did it and learned a lot.

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By Daxin W

May 6, 2020

Great course, I am no my way to bioinformatics!

By Feiyang M

Nov 18, 2016

Good class, great for beginners to get started!

By Erik T

Jul 9, 2016

It really has helped me programming on Python.

By Badr B J

Nov 27, 2020

Challenging yet rewarding.

Fantastic course!

By Francisco F

May 10, 2020

Great course! Will recommend to my students

By Zhi N

Feb 8, 2017

True introduction to Bioinf.

It helps a lot.

By Gustavo M J

Dec 24, 2016

Very helpful and well designed, thank you !

By Arpita P

Aug 5, 2020

Very informative and helpful for beginners

By Alice T D

Jan 25, 2021

excellent introduction to bioinformatics!

By Lawrence L

Apr 27, 2019

Good Intro to Python for Bioinformatics.

By Yasin K

Aug 16, 2017

Great experience for bioinformatics

By Hleb P

Jan 10, 2017

Good introduction to specialization

By Md A I B

Aug 6, 2017

Great Course.Learn a lot from it

By Jayakrishna V

Sep 15, 2020

It was a Wonderful experience.

By Ashish S

Jun 9, 2020

excellent course for beginners

By Ana S V L

Sep 20, 2020

El mejor curso para empezar!

By 崔新

May 4, 2017


By Julian A S

Jun 13, 2018

Simple, quick, well-written

By Catherine L

Sep 29, 2017

Great courses for beginners

By 张悦康

Jun 17, 2017

It is a wonderful course! I

By Fatimah A A S

Apr 12, 2021

it was interesting course

By 박지호

May 19, 2017

Amazing! Perfect! Lovely!

By Carlos K

Mar 1, 2020

Incredibly interesting

By Feng-tsan C

Feb 25, 2017

Step by step method.

By Junya L

Dec 4, 2016

awesome!!Keep going!