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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


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.


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.

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By Gloria J

Oct 8, 2018

Excellent course

By Dimas D T S C

Jun 6, 2016

just amazing =D

By Philip B P J

Apr 21, 2016

Very well done.

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By kumaresan T

Sep 19, 2019

Nice course!

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By 19BBT041_Praveen.R

May 20, 2020

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Oct 12, 2017

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By Anubhav C

Jun 12, 2018

This is an excellent introductory course in epigenetics, however, if the course had included few chapters in epigenetic modifications like acetylation, glycosylation, phosphorylation, etc. it would have been much more exciting. Nevertheless, the course is extremely lucid to follow, the tutoring is really insightful, the materials are well-structured, the instructions are well-laid and, the most importantly, the assignments are challenging.

By Alberto T

Jun 23, 2016

Very clear explanations. Four star because I think that the part on X chromosome is too long and covered with too details respect to other topics.

By Sohaila J

May 27, 2017

Loved it. Very well structured and explained. I actually looked forward to completing lectures and readings every week.

By Jayne G

Sep 1, 2016

I really enjoyed this course, and as an Australian it is so exciting it comes form a domestic university. Thank you

By Stephane L C

May 29, 2020

Very interesting course covering many diverse aspects regarding epigenetics. Has been invaluable towards my PhD!


May 18, 2020

The course was really very informative. But it would have been great if the subject was little more simplified.

By 丁雪松

Dec 1, 2016

this course gave a general ideal about epigenetic control, and it is helpful to me, Thanks

By Thodoris S

Dec 7, 2017

Very useful course for anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of epigentics.

By ubaid m

May 8, 2017

this course too me to the highest of my knowledge. i think this course is remarkable