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DNA: Biology’s Genetic Code - Rice University

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Learn about DNA, the defining data for life in a simple genetic code. The following course, offered by Edx, will help you improve your skills and achieve your professional goals. During the program you will study different subjects which are deemed to be useful for those who want to enhance their professional career. Sign up for more information!

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Requirements: Secondary (high school) chemistry and biology Knowledge of proteins at level of BIOC300.1x


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What I would highlight Excellent content teachers who dedicated properly for the course I really happy

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Course taken: November 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight Great course! Content is easy to follow. Discussion is well managed with very timely responses by the course team! Really enjoy the supplemental materials provided by the course.

What could be improved No negative aspects.

Course taken: December 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight It is very helpful course. It made me know much more about DNA and our life.Since I'm studying in grade 11,it provided me extra knowledge. It's great! I'

What could be improved Everything OK.

Course taken: September 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

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Course programme

DNA: Biology’s Genetic Code explores DNA structure, packaging, replication, and manipulation. DNA encodes our genetic information and is passed on within cells to maintain living organisms and produce the next generation. In this biology course you will learn how the recognition of DNA as the genetic material and the ensuing identification of its structure and coding mechanism was both a revolutionary and foundational discovery. These discoveries led to transformational integration across the biological sciences with a common understanding of this fundamental unit of life! The course utilizes video lectures, research articles, case studies, and molecular models to convey information. The course grade will be based on questions with each video lecture, quizzes, homework, and a final exam.

What you'll learn
  • Structure of DNA and methods for packaging DNA into the cell
  • Impacts of packaging and location on DNA expression (epigenetics)
  • Machinery for replicating DNA with an extremely low error rate
  • Types of damage that affect DNA structure and how DNA moves around
  • DNA sequencing, amplification, specific fragmentation and designed recombination 

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Elizabeth Eich Elizabeth Eich received her Ph.D. from Rice University and joined the teaching faculty of the Department of Biosciences.  She is a master teacher and has been a leader in the development of student-centered learning at Rice.   Daniel J. Catanese Dr. Catanese received his Ph.D. from Rice University and did his postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine on topoisomerases and DNA dynamics/structure.