University of Colorado Boulder
Engineering Genetic Circuits: Design
University of Colorado Boulder

Engineering Genetic Circuits: Design

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Chris Myers

Instructor: Chris Myers

Beginner level

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19 hours to complete
3 weeks at 6 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Identify the different types of cells, their components, and structure.

  • Discover the underlying structure of devices and their connection to genetic parts.

  • Contrast different experimental techniques used in genetic construction.

  • Evaluate the different principles used in genetic circuit design.

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There are 5 modules in this course

This week gives a brief introduction to the biology and biochemistry necessary to understand genetic circuits. The material covered is only a basic overview, since it is usually the topic of whole courses. It should, however, give the grounding necessary to begin studying the modeling, analysis, and design of genetic circuits.

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8 videos3 readings2 quizzes1 assignment

This week highlights the importance of standards in synthetic biology as an engineering discipline. Furthermore, the week introduces genetic parts - the basic building used to construct genetic circuits.

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17 videos10 readings3 quizzes

This week introduces genetic devices, the aggregation of multiple genetic parts. Basic rules for composing, as well as different types of devices, are introduced, as well.

What's included

11 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 peer review

This week introduces techniques used to construct a genetic circuit. This includes commonly used methods like polymerase chain reaction for cloning and DNA assembly methods. Finally, construction methods to assemble different genetic parts are presented.

What's included

7 videos7 readings1 quiz1 peer review

This week introduces practical challenges in realizing genetic circuit designs.

What's included

5 videos2 readings1 quiz


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University of Colorado Boulder
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