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Hours to complete

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 33 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study; 6-8 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Course Orientation

You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course....
Reading
2 videos (Total 11 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading4 readings
Syllabus15m
About the Discussion Forums5m
Updating Your Profile5m
Social Media5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Orientation Quiz10m
Demographics Survey5m
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

What Is a Genome and Why Do We Care?

Genes, genomes, DNA: these words have slipped into our daily news cycles and our awareness, but what they actually mean often remains unclear. In these lessons, we aim to give you, not just the Biology 101 explanation of what a genome is, but a real-life perspective on why you already care about genomics – perhaps in ways you didn’t even realize. Are you interested in where your food comes from, what health conditions you are most likely to develop, what fish will share your aquarium most successfully? Genomes are a key to finding a better answer to these and other everyday questions....
Reading
11 videos (Total 56 min), 5 quizzes
Video11 videos
The Book of Life5m
Two Flavors of Research: Exploration and Application4m
What Is Genomics Good For?5m
Reverse-Engineering the Machinery of Life6m
Basic Components of Life6m
What Is Life?6m
Why Does Life Exist?5m
How Do We Recognize Life?6m
Analyzing Living Cells6m
Module 1 Conclusion1m
Quiz3 practice exercises
All Roads Lead through Genomics15m
Life: Here and There, Now and Then15m
Week 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

What Were the First Genomes Like and How Do They Work Now?

You may have seen DNA visually represented in different ways: a twisted ladder, a tangle of string, an array of sloppy X shapes, a row of letters. But what is DNA actually doing, and how does it relate to genes and the genome? How are scientists able to move from studying the physical structure of the genome to understanding its functionality? This module will help you become more comfortable with these ideas....
Reading
11 videos (Total 49 min), 5 quizzes
Video11 videos
Understanding Complex Systems3m
What Is DNA?3m
What Is a Genome?4m
The Grammar of Genomes6m
How Do We Read Genomes?6m
Genomics and Computing: P2P6m
High-Performance Biological Computing5m
Equalizing Access to Genomics of Health3m
Challenges in Supercomputing (Optional)7m
Module 2 Conclusion1m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Genome Nuts and Bolts15m
Genome Sequencing15m
Week 2 Quiz30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

How Can We Use Genomes to Understand the Healthy Body and Fight Diseases?

Often, we hear about genes only when something goes wrong – when mutations, mistakes made in the DNA sequence, cause a disease like cancer cystic fibrosis. But what happens inside our cells that leads from a mutation in DNA to the physical symptoms of a disease? Why do some mutations cause positive outcomes, or no change at all? To answer these questions, we take a closer look at how information flows from genes, to RNA, to proteins, to all the physical structures and processes that make up living things....
Reading
14 videos (Total 72 min), 6 quizzes
Video14 videos
Biology's Big Two3m
The Gene to Protein Pipeline5m
What Do Proteins Do, and How?6m
How Do Proteins Evolve?4m
Horizontal Gene Transfer: Caring About DNA Sharing5m
Why Do We Study Microbes?7m
Antibiotics and the Microbial Arms Race9m
The Revolution of Protein Science5m
The Protein Science Facility at the CBC4m
Complexity from Simplicity6m
Pathways to Understanding the Mind5m
Mapping the Genomic Landscape5m
Module 3 Conclusion1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
The Central Dogma15m
Microbes and Drug Resistance15m
Gene Interactions15m
Week 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
8 hours to complete

What Can Genomes Tell Us About How to Grow New Organs or New Crops?

If all the cells in all the tissues and organs of our bodies have the same genome, how is it that they can look so different? How does a hair cell, a white blood cell, or a brain cell know what to do or where to go? The answer can be found by looking beyond the structure of the genome, into the timing of its activities. Recognizing how the information stored in the genome can be used in flexible ways shows us how living things can develop and change over time....
Reading
13 videos (Total 67 min), 7 quizzes
Video13 videos
Changing the Nature of Medicine4m
The Identity Crisis of Newborn Cells8m
Biomaterials & Human Health5m
Why Study Development in Mammals?6m
Studying Limb Development: Four Thumbs Up?4m
The Who, Where, and When of Genes in Development10m
Adaptation & Evolution4m
What Is a Genetically Modified Organism?4m
Ozone and Plant Health5m
Preparing Crops for Climate Change3m
Fear of GMOs6m
Module 4 Conclusion1m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Guiding Tissue Growth15m
Endless Forms15m
Adapting to Change15m
Concerns About GMOs15m
Week 4 Quiz30m

Instructor

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Dr. Gene E. Robinson

Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; Swanlund Chair; Center for Advanced Study Professor of Entomology and Neuroscience

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