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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.


Sep 10, 2019

The material of the course is simply exquisitely presented. The concepts are clear, easy to grasp. You won't be a bioinformatician after doing this course, but you'll make the first step.

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By ChenYuexi

Jun 21, 2017

Those pseudocode help a lot. And this course helps me start coding.

By Mare B

Jul 17, 2016

Very interesting course for those who want to learn new algorithms.

By Nicolás S V

Mar 24, 2018

Insightful and introductory course to the bioinformatics world.

By Dragica J

Sep 12, 2016

Very interesting course! I am enrolling to bioinformatics II :)

By Anil K P

Jan 10, 2017

I like the intersection of computer science and biology!

By Mousa A

Feb 12, 2019

A really nice course that links biology and programming

By Ahmed N A

Jul 23, 2017

I can just say that this course is awesomely excellent!

By Pablo L C

Aug 29, 2016

An excellent course. It worths to take it till the end.

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 Juan D A S

Feb 26, 2021

Excellent first course, I want to learn more

By Aditi H

Oct 18, 2022

It was really a wonderful experience.

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 Kasım A

Aug 10, 2021

great course highly recommended

By Rudramani P

Aug 24, 2019

It is really engaging course.

By Jahnvi S

Sep 23, 2021

amazing course. A must do.

By Szymon T

Dec 29, 2016

This course is excelent!!!

By Guoshuai A

Aug 14, 2021

A wonderfully nice course

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