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About the Course

Named a top 50 MOOC of all time by Class Central! This course begins a series of classes illustrating the power of computing in modern biology. Please join us on the frontier of bioinformatics to look for hidden messages in DNA without ever needing to put on a lab coat. In the first half of the course, we investigate DNA replication, and ask the question, where in the genome does DNA replication begin? We will see that we can answer this question for many bacteria using only some straightforward algorithms to look for hidden messages in the genome. In the second half of the course, we examine a different biological question, when we ask which DNA patterns play the role of molecular clocks. The cells in your body manage to maintain a circadian rhythm, but how is this achieved on the level of DNA? Once again, we will see that by knowing which hidden messages to look for, we can start to understand the amazingly complex language of DNA. Perhaps surprisingly, we will apply randomized algorithms, which roll dice and flip coins in order to solve problems. Finally, you will get your hands dirty and apply existing software tools to find recurring biological motifs within genes that are responsible for helping Mycobacterium tuberculosis go "dormant" within a host for many years before causing an active infection....

Top reviews

Jul 29, 2018

This course is very very good. Challenging at times. It does not hold your hand at all times and sometimes requires research to solve some of the problems, but I like the community and the approach.

Apr 6, 2020

Excellent introduction to bioinformatics. They put a lot of heart and thought into the design of the course. I will continue to use the concepts I've learned in and out of bioinformatics.

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By Manjeet S

Jul 30, 2020

great course learned a lot to enroll this course.

By Pavel O

Apr 12, 2019

Very good course to start learning bioinformatics

By Pantelis N

Mar 19, 2018

Great course to get started in bioinformatics

By Ahmad A

Dec 31, 2018

One of the best courser, I took ever!

By José R B

Jan 3, 2021

I learned a lot with this course!!

By Rudramani P

Aug 24, 2019

It is really engaging course.

By Szymon T

Dec 29, 2016

This course is excelent!!!

By Matthew R

Aug 14, 2017

Really enjoyed the course

By Dimas D T S C

Aug 12, 2016

extremamente bem feito .

By Prateek B

Oct 11, 2019

Good course for a start.

By Karuppusamy A

Sep 30, 2016

A very structured course

By Saad R U

Mar 8, 2020

this is the best course

By Jaewoo S

Apr 24, 2017

The content is so good.

By Shengbo W

Sep 10, 2018

It is really helpful!

By Muhammad K T

Jun 15, 2017

Very Informative...

By Karen G

Feb 9, 2017

great introduction!

By 俞文冰

Oct 20, 2016

Great course. Learn

By Victor C

Mar 3, 2019

Loving it so far.

By Dmitry G

May 26, 2016

Excellent course!

By Shreedevi B B

May 16, 2020

good experience

By Shweta C

Aug 4, 2017

Great Course !!

By Anagha R

May 15, 2020

really helpful

By Xiaoyu Z

Oct 20, 2016

Great Course!

By Ursu E

Jan 23, 2017

Great course

By Ziyue L

Oct 27, 2016

It is great!