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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Cracking the Genetic Code

7 videos (Total 45 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
How to Speak DNA4m
Cracking the Genetic Code4m
The Building Blocks of DNA5m
Packing it all in!6m
Summing Up1m
The Double Helix16m
4 readings
Timeline of DNA Discoveries10m
Behind the Picture: Photo 51 (interview)10m
(Not Really) The Last Word about DNA (video)10m
Biochemistry: The Operating System of Life (video)10m
6 practice exercises
How to Speak DNA6m
Cracking the Genetic Code6m
The Building Blocks of DNA8m
Packing it all in!6m
DNA Word Search2m
Cracking the Genetic Code22m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Getting the Message Across: Transcription, Translation, and Replication

8 videos (Total 52 min), 4 readings, 9 quizzes
8 videos
Stop copying me! DNA Replication6m
Central Dogma, Part I: Transcription8m
Central Dogma, Part II: Translation7m
Practical DNA: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)8m
Practical DNA: Gel Electrophoresis7m
Summing Up3m
DNA Replication3m
4 readings
The Case of the Silenced Scientist10m
Labster: Crime Scene Investigation10m
TED Talk: Drew Barry - Animations of Unseeable Biology (video)10m
Protein Data Bank10m
9 practice exercises
The Scene of the Crime4m
Stop copying me! DNA Replication4m
Central Dogma, Pt 1: Transcription8m
Central Dogma, Pt 2: Translation6m
Decipher the Secret Message2m
Breaking the Code (aka Game of Codons)4m
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)4m
Gel Electrophoresis6m
Getting the Message Across16m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Manipulating DNA

8 videos (Total 46 min), 5 readings, 7 quizzes
8 videos
Slice and Dice: Restriction Enzymes10m
Lights, Camera, Transformations6m
Mutations, Mutations, Mutations!6m
From Bananas to Papayas: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)9m
Summing Up4m
Genetic Engineering1m
Sickle Cell Anemia59s
5 readings
Labster: Molecular Cloning Simulation10m
Creating Dolly (video)10m
Genetic Engineering and Working with DNA (video)10m
How did they make insulin from recombinant DNA? (article)10m
Massive Review Reveals Consensus on GMO Safety (article)10m
7 practice exercises
Freaky Fruit: Manipulating DNA6m
Slice and Dice: Restriction Enzymes6m
Lights, Camera, Transformations6m
Mutations, mutations, mutations6m
From Papayas to Bananas: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)6m
Help Felicia design a blue tomato!8m
Manipulating DNA16m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

DNA and Me

9 videos (Total 45 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
9 videos
Sanger Sequencing3m
The Human Genome Project5m
Mammoths, Mummies, and Microbes: Ancient DNA10m
Me and My Family Tree8m
DNA and My Health5m
That's a wrap!5m
Sanger Sequencing51s
Human Genome Sequencing1m
7 readings
Labster: Next Generation Sequencing Simulation10m
Cracking the Code of Life (video)10m
Iceman Murder Mystery (video)10m
Personal DNA Testing (video)10m
My Career in Genomics: Antibiotic Resistance (video)10m
My Career in Genomics: Cancer Biology (video)10m
My Career in Genomics: Evolution (video)10m
6 practice exercises
DNA: Our Genetic Blueprint2m
Sanger Sequencing8m
Me and My Family Tree4m
DNA and My Health2m
DNA and Me18m
Scientists Complete First Chapter of Book of Life With Decoding of First Human Chromosome (article)4m
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By SAAug 28th 2019

I have gained lot of information form this course. And the instructors and the method of their teaching is really awesome. I would like to say thank you to the instructors and thank you to coursera.

By EPMay 30th 2019

I have taken several courses on coursera but I never forget this one. This is the only course my six years old boy enjoy the videos more than me. Thanks for a very educative and interactive videos.

Instructors

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Caitlin Mullarkey

Assistant Professor
Health Sciences
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Felicia Vulcu

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

About McMaster University

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