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Molecular Biology - Part 1: DNA Replication and Repair

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Biology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long
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Overview

You’re acquainted with your DNA, but did you know that your cells synthesize enough DNA during your lifetime to stretch a lightyear in length? How does the cellular machinery accomplish such a feat without making more mistakes than you can survive? Why isn’t the incidence of cancer even higher than it is? And, if the DNA in each and every cell is two meters long, how is this genetic material compacted to fit inside the cell nucleus without becoming a tangled mess?

Are you ready to go beyond the “what" of scientific information presented in textbooks and explore how scientists deduce the details of these molecular models?

Take a behind-the-scenes look at modern molecular genetics, from the classic experimental events that identified the proteins involved in DNA replication and repair to cutting-edge assays that apply the power of genome sequencing. Do you feel confident in your ability to design molecular biology experiments and interpret data from them? We've designed the problems in this course to build your experimental design and data analysis skills.

Let’s explore the limits of our current knowledge about the replication machinery and pathways that protect the fidelity of DNA synthesis. If you are up for the challenge, join us in 7.28x Part 1: DNA Replication and Repair.

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Taught by

Tania A. Baker and Stephen P. Bell

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5.0 3 weeks ago
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Very intense but extremely interesting! I loved the way not only the cool parts about the biological mechanisms were taught, but also all the assays to find out about these mechanisms. Biology has a lot of logic and I liked this clean aspect of it that MIT reveals. I'm excited for Part 2!

- Just one small remark: why can't all 3 Parts of Molecular Biology be open all the time (or most) like with 7.00x? I would have liked to continue on instead of waiting for the next part to open... (unless the course is new and I just haven't realised) :)
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Anonymous
5.0 23 hours ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I Agree, it was intense and extremely interesting! I have to say that it wasn't easy for myself, especially as a non-native speaker person. Sometimes a passive voice produced a tricky things with the question.

I complitely agree that having a full-lenght cource would be much more intrestingly.

I'm also have to propose the idea personal message to course instructor due to the reason of privat answers.

Thank you once more for knowledge,experience and challenge.

Serg.
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