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Subtitles: English, Romanian

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week 1

2 hours to complete

Course Orientation

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 11 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 readings
About the Discussion Forums5m
Updating Your Profile5m
Social Media5m
2 practice exercises
Orientation Quiz10m
Demographics Survey5m
7 hours to complete

What Is a Genome and Why Do We Care?

7 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 56 min)
11 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
3 practice exercises
All Roads Lead through Genomics15m
Life: Here and There, Now and Then15m
Week 1 Quiz30m

Week 2

7 hours to complete

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

7 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 49 min)
11 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
3 practice exercises
Genome Nuts and Bolts15m
Genome Sequencing15m
Week 2 Quiz30m

Week 3

7 hours to complete

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

7 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 72 min)
14 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
4 practice exercises
The Central Dogma15m
Microbes and Drug Resistance15m
Gene Interactions15m
Week 3 Quiz30m

Week 4

8 hours to complete

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

8 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 67 min)
13 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
5 practice exercises
Guiding Tissue Growth15m
Endless Forms15m
Adapting to Change15m
Concerns About GMOs15m
Week 4 Quiz30m



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