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About the Course

While the human genome sequence has transformed our understanding of human biology, it isn’t just the sequence of your DNA that matters, but also how you use it! How are some genes activated and others are silenced? How is this controlled? The answer is epigenetics. Epigenetics has been a hot topic for research over the past decade as it has become clear that aberrant epigenetic control contributes to disease (particularly to cancer). Epigenetic alterations are heritable through cell division, and in some instances are able to behave similarly to mutations in terms of their stability. Importantly, unlike genetic mutations, epigenetic modifications are reversible and therefore have the potential to be manipulated therapeutically. It has also become clear in recent years that epigenetic modifications are sensitive to the environment (for example diet), which has sparked a large amount of public debate and research. This course will give an introduction to the fundamentals of epigenetic control. We will examine epigenetic phenomena that are manifestations of epigenetic control in several organisms, with a focus on mammals. We will examine the interplay between epigenetic control and the environment and finally the role of aberrant epigenetic control in disease. All necessary information will be covered in the lectures, and recommended and required readings will be provided. There are no additional required texts for this course. For those interested, additional information can be obtained in the following textbook. Epigenetics. Allis, Jenuwein, Reinberg and Caparros. Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory Press. ISBN-13: 978-0879697242 | Edition: 1 The course will re-open in 2022....

Top reviews

Aug 1, 2021

This is the best course on coursera, 10/10. I wish it was longer and I could take it all over again. you will need background knowledge for this course but it is an amazing course and I will miss it.

Oct 1, 2018

This was an excellent course. All the material was well presented and the explanation of the sometimes complex subject matter was clear and understandable. Thank you for an great learning experience.

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By Heba H

Jul 1, 2018

A very simplified, informative, and interesting course.

By Chrissy - U

May 20, 2016

This was a wonderful course and I enjoyed it very much.

By Rafaela M H

Nov 23, 2020

I loved it! It's quite challenging, but it's worth it!

By Neelam F

Feb 28, 2019

it was an excellent course and worth spending time on.

By Ari B

May 3, 2017

High quality course. Ari Belenkiy, Vancouver, Canada

By Hemangi J G

May 19, 2020

Very extensive, informative and interesting course.

By Nzubechi D E

Sep 27, 2018

This was a very interesting and informative course.

By Julius M " K M B

Sep 15, 2017

Clear to understand. Very informative. Thank you.

By Gerda M

Sep 17, 2016

The more you learn the more exciting it gets....

By Tahani A B

Aug 4, 2019

It’s very good course it helps me a lot.


By John W

May 16, 2019

Great course with a good survey of epigenetics.

By Donald B

Mar 20, 2019

Best cousera I have taken. Extremely well done.


May 12, 2020

i enjoyed studying in corsera without sleeping

By Gyanesh B S

Jun 26, 2020

One of the most important course at COURSERA

By Abay S

Apr 7, 2018

usefull and interesting course for future!!!

By Héctor A L F

May 27, 2020

Good option to learn basics of Epigenetics!

By Emily H

May 20, 2020

Really informative and a fantastic course!

By Abhishek T

Nov 18, 2016

Very informative, descriptive and useful.

By Somantha K

Feb 28, 2017

Excellent course that is well structured

By Sabrina S

May 17, 2020

Excellent introduction to Epigenetics.

By Daniel T

Aug 6, 2019

Fantastic. Clear, deep, to the point.

By Briana R J S

Nov 29, 2016

I have taken this course in the past.

By Shahed N

May 24, 2020

Very interesting course, i love it!

By Malvina P

Jan 10, 2020

I love part about aging processes!

By Bruno L S

Oct 27, 2021

Excelente! Conteúdo bem completo!