Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

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Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

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In this class we will cover the essentials of genomics to help you better understand your own life (know thy genome, know thyself), and how advances in biotechnology are radically changing the scientific landscape. We will begin with some of the most basic issues of genetics, such as the composition of genomes and how the information in them is processed so we can get an adult human from an egg. Then we’ll see that much of the power of genomics is in comparisons. If I only had your genome there's not much I could do with it. But if I lined it up against a chimpanzee genome I’d see that they are 98.5% identical. It’s that 1.5% difference that we study to determine what makes a chimp a chimp and a human a human. In the next few years you’ll be able to get your genome done for a few hundred dollars, and we will look at the challenges you might face dealing with this new self-knowledge. We shall particularly focus on behavior. How can ... In this class we will cover the essentials of genomics to help you better understand your own life (know thy genome, know thyself), and how advances in biotechnology are radically changing the scientific landscape. We will begin with some of the most basic issues of genetics, such as the composition of genomes and how the information in them is processed so we can get an adult human from an egg. Then we’ll see that much of the power of genomics is in comparisons. If I only had your genome there's not much I could do with it. But if I lined it up against a chimpanzee genome I’d see that they are 98.5% identical. It’s that 1.5% difference that we study to determine what makes a chimp a chimp and a human a human. In the next few years you’ll be able to get your genome done for a few hundred dollars, and we will look at the challenges you might face dealing with this new self-knowledge. We shall particularly focus on behavior. How can genes predispose some of us to be nice and others of us to be psychopaths? We will be examining behavior as a complex unfolding of interactions between your genome and the environment. Thanks in large part to genomics we are beginning to understand the living processes that constitute ourselves, where we can begin to intervene to take control of our own future. We will look at the technologies involved and the consequences of this new power. Genetic engineering has already changed what you eat and the medicines you take, and will likely therefore change how long you live. If we choose to genetically engineer ourselves as some advocate then we may also change how we view ourselves as human beings. We do not know where our ability to intervene in our own living processes is going to lead us. Depending on your point of view that is the promise or the threat of the era we live in. Scientists today already envisage creating life from scratch, and we are entering a world where political considerations, and imagination, may be the only brakes on biotechnology.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
This course is excellent! I never really had any prior experience with the subject, but it was very easy to understand. A lot of topics were covered in the lectures, and the lectures were very interesting and engaging. I hope there would be a second offering of this course, I will definitely enroll!
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5 years, 8 months ago
I thought I knew a fair bit about basic genetics, but I learned a lot and the last two weeks on what is happening -- and what might happen in the future -- in biotechnology were truly amazing. The whole course was fast paced, clearly and appealingly presented. Highly recommended!
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5 years, 8 months ago
Not much previous experience in the subject. Course was very good, lots of topics covered and lectures were excellent, easy to understand and lots of things I didn't know so well worth doing.
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5 years, 8 months ago
I absolutely loved this course! While it wasn't heavy into the mechanics of genetics, it gave a broad perspective on where our study of genetics has come from and the exciting frontiers it is now exploring. Very accessible even if you haven't had much in the way of recent college courses in biology. The quizzes and exams were completely fair and understandable. Lots of great graphics in the course. Highly recommend to anyone with any interest in genetics!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 8 months ago
The course was excellent! Covered so many different areas of biology and genetics in a masterful way! The quizes were really helpful and the final exams organized and summarized our knowledge perfectly! Really gave me a lot to work with!
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5 years, 11 months ago
I took this course parallel to Introduction to biology 7.00x. Compared withs 7.00x this course ist very easy to follow. Dropped it, because I found it not challenging enogh. The homework questions are very simple, if you watch the lectures (just memorize some facts presented in the lecture)
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6 years, 2 months ago
The course was really good as an introduction to a lot of exciting ideas, I was quite familiar with a lot of them so it was not to onerous for me. I liked the length of the course and it was very achievable which gave great satisfaction- some courses are very long and demanding leading you to drop out- This one is not like that.
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6 years, 2 months ago
Great course. The instructors do a great job of explaining genetic and epigenetic concepts in ways that are readily understandable and they always give you some tangible way of connecting with the ideas presented. The lectures, quizzes, and exams are all very straightforward and fair. The professors also provide a wealth of additional readings every week (though usually the readings don't show up on the quizzes, you can watch the lectures and just be fine). There isn't really any prior experience with the material necessary (assuming you understand basic biology), because the professors manage to explain everything on it's own terms without presupposition of any prior knowledge.
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