Genomics: Decoding the frequent language of life

About this course

What’s a genome? The genome accommodates all the data a cell must develop, operate, and self-replicate, and all the data wanted for these cells to come back collectively to type an individual, plant, or animal. The genome accommodates the whole genome of an organism, and even smaller genetic buildings that assist regulate when and the way these genes are used.

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Syllabus – What you’ll be taught from this course


Week 1

Course Orientation

You’ll grow to be accustomed to our course, classmates and studying atmosphere. Orientation can even make it easier to purchase the technical abilities wanted for the course.

What’s genomics and why can we care?

Gene, genome, DNA: these phrases have entered our day by day information and cognitive cycles, however their true that means usually stays unclear. In these classes we goal to present you, not solely an evidence of what Genomics Biology 101 is, however a sensible perspective on why you have an interest in genomics – possibly in methods you do not even notice. Do you care the place your meals comes from, your well being situation is best to develop, which fish will share your aquarium most efficiently? Genomics is the important thing to discovering higher solutions to those and different on a regular basis questions.


Week 2

What had been the primary genomes like and the way did they work?

You’ll have seen DNA visually represented in a wide range of methods: a twisted ladder, a tangled string, a sloppy X-shaped array, a row of letters. However what’s DNA actually doing, and the way does it relate to genes and genomes? How can scientists transfer from finding out the bodily construction of the genome to understanding its operate? This module will make it easier to grow to be extra comfy with these concepts.


Week 3

How can we use genomics to know wholesome our bodies and battle illness?

Normally, we solely hear about genes when one thing goes unsuitable – when mutations, errors are made within the DNA sequence, inflicting a illness like cystic fibrosis. However what occurs inside our cells that leads from DNA mutations to the bodily signs of a illness? Why do some mutations trigger optimistic outcomes or don’t change in any respect? To reply these questions, let’s take a better take a look at how info travels from genes, to RNA, to proteins, to all of the bodily buildings and processes that make up dwelling issues.


Week 4

What can genomes inform us about the right way to develop new organs or new crops?

If all of the cells in all of our physique’s tissues and organs have the identical set of genes, how can they give the impression of being so totally different? How does a hair cell, a white blood cell, or a mind cell know what to do or the place to go? The reply will be discovered by wanting past the construction of the genome, into the period of its exercise. Recognizing how the data saved within the genome can be utilized in versatile methods exhibits us how organisms can evolve and alter over time.

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Week 5

How do highly effective genomes enable us to foretell well being issues earlier than they occur?

You’ll have heard of “nature versus nurture” or the modern-day reply, “nature AND nurture!” However how does “nurture”, the atmosphere, work via the genome? Can the organic results of expertise be handed on from technology to technology? And what does all of this should do with on a regular basis points, like our bodily and psychological well being? A more in-depth take a look at two mechanisms that assist regulate gene exercise, epigenetic modifications and transcription elements, will present some solutions.


Week 6

How do the genomes of ecosystem members cooperate or battle?

The world is an unlimited and generally complicated place. Simply as no gene within the genome works in isolation, no dwelling organism on this planet exists in isolation. Within the ultimate module of this course, we discover a number of the wealthy, complicated interactions between dwelling organisms, their genomes, and the world round them.

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