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Useful Genetics, Part 2: Genes and Genetic Inheritance - University of British Columbia



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Learn how genes are inherited and how they affect important personal and societal issues. 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: If you have not taken Useful Genetics Part 1 you will need some prior knowledge of basic genetics (first-year college biology or a recent high school biology course).


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What you'll learn on the course

Genetic Inheritance

Course programme

Genetics permeates every aspect of the 21st century, from our doctors' offices to our judicial systems. By the end of this course, you’ll be well prepared to deal with both today’s genetic issues and new questions that are sure to arise in the future. This challenging but very rewarding course focuses on the genetics issues that impact our health and well-being, while providing the same rigorous examination of genetics principles as a college genetics course. The course is taught in two parts. Part 2 consists of 5 modules followed by a final exam. You’ll learn how genes are passed from parents to child, and what you do and don’t inherit from your ancestors. You’ll be able to analyze family relationships and to evaluate and explain to others claims about GMOs, epigenetics and other controversial issues.

What you'll learn
  • How our genes form new combinations as they pass from parent to child
  • How to predict some genetic outcomes
  • Why other genetic outcomes can’t be predicted
  • How our chromosomes change, and why this matters
  • How to compare GMOs with conventionally-bred plants
  • How to communicate what you’ve learned to your family and community

Additional information

Rosemary Redfield Dr. Rosemary Redfield is a Professor of Zoology; she has been teaching introductory genetics to UBC students since 1993, and has been teaching online since 1998. She has a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research investigates the mechanism, regulation and evolutionary functions of DNA uptake by bacteria.