Cell Biology: Mitochondria

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The cell is a powerful case study to help us explore the functional logic of living systems. All organisms, from single-celled algae to complex multicellular organisms like us, are made up of cells. In this course, you will learn the how and why of biology by exploring the function of the molecular components of cells, and how these cellular components are organized in a complex hierarchy.

This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of cell biology. The overarching goal is for learners to understand, from a human-centered perspective, that cells are evolving ensembles of macromolecules that in turn form complex communities in tissues, organs, and multicellular organisms.

We will focus, in particular, on the mitochondrion, the organelle that powers the cell. In this context, we will look at the processes of cell metabolism. Finally, we will examine the F1F0 ATP synthase, the molecular machine that is responsible for the ...

The cell is a powerful case study to help us explore the functional logic of living systems. All organisms, from single-celled algae to complex multicellular organisms like us, are made up of cells. In this course, you will learn the how and why of biology by exploring the function of the molecular components of cells, and how these cellular components are organized in a complex hierarchy.

This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of cell biology. The overarching goal is for learners to understand, from a human-centered perspective, that cells are evolving ensembles of macromolecules that in turn form complex communities in tissues, organs, and multicellular organisms.

We will focus, in particular, on the mitochondrion, the organelle that powers the cell. In this context, we will look at the processes of cell metabolism. Finally, we will examine the F1F0 ATP synthase, the molecular machine that is responsible for the synthesis of most of the ATP that your cells require to do work. To underscore the importance of cell biology to our lives, we will address questions of development and disease and implications of science in society.

By the end of four weeks, we hope learners will have a deep intuition for the functional logic of a cell. Together we will ask how do things work within a cell, why do they work the way they do, and how are we impacted?

Join us as we explore the extraordinary and wonderfully dynamic world of the cell.


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10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 11 months ago
The animation helps a lot! Thanks very much to Prof Lue. Although there are many technical terms and I still struggle to remember, I can always watch the videos again to revise the subject.
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2 years, 8 months ago
Voici l'un des meilleurs cours que j'ai jamais eu. Les images sont claires, précises, l'instructeur est lu iclair et généreux. Voilà le futur de l'éducation : un sujet complexe rendu simple et très attrayant, élégance ultime. Je le recommande sans hésitations.
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2 years, 8 months ago
This, one of a kind, course offers a great insight into a matter which is usually quite hard to comprehend. Thanks to great illustration and simple way of presentation, the instructor manages to make it a child's play. However, the quizzes could have been a bit more challenging since this is an intermediate course. I was sad to learn that Harvard is switching from free to payed (300-600$) module and perhaps the next edition of CellX will be unaffordable for most of us.
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Mazhar Iqbal

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
The delivery of the entire content: that is supervised by Dr. ROBERT is wonderful;as he knows the theme of the content and how to bring closer all the characters of mitochondrion. Now,with this course, but not the introductory course, what I think, is easy to absorb and also gives advanced techniques.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 10 months ago
The course covers a substantial amount of useful material quickly and engagingly. The graphics are quite impressive and remind me a bit of Cosmos (Sagan). Personally, I did not value the diversion into maternal MT diseases. I'd prefer a deeper dive into mitochondria energy chemistry, metabolic excretion, cell motility, etc. I was also puzzled by the sequencing of some of the Q&A taking place *before* the narration introduced the relevant material. I was somewhat frustrated by some of the definitions as not sufficiently differentiating the activities of some organelles (e.g. cytoskeleton vs actin network vs microtubules). The specifics of several terms (like porin) were lost amid the many characters and complex story line. Of course, that's somewhat inevitable in a short quick courselet like this. (But some static labeled images and a reference glossary might do wonders in helpiong the self-studier to properly associate and le... The course covers a substantial amount of useful material quickly and engagingly. The graphics are quite impressive and remind me a bit of Cosmos (Sagan). Personally, I did not value the diversion into maternal MT diseases. I'd prefer a deeper dive into mitochondria energy chemistry, metabolic excretion, cell motility, etc. I was also puzzled by the sequencing of some of the Q&A taking place *before* the narration introduced the relevant material. I was somewhat frustrated by some of the definitions as not sufficiently differentiating the activities of some organelles (e.g. cytoskeleton vs actin network vs microtubules). The specifics of several terms (like porin) were lost amid the many characters and complex story line. Of course, that's somewhat inevitable in a short quick courselet like this. (But some static labeled images and a reference glossary might do wonders in helpiong the self-studier to properly associate and learn all the nouns and verbs.)
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10/10 starsDropped
2 years ago
terriable as carp the best classes from the best professors and universities How the internal structure and organization of a cell provides an understanding of how and why a cell works The role mitochondria play in the cell and why it is important for a cell to make ATP How cells metabolize food to provide the molecules necessary for mitochondrial function How the structure of the F1F0 ATP synthase leads to the production of ATP What experimental techniques are used to investigate mitochondrial structure and function in the laboratory
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6/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
The strongest point of the course are animations. The unnecessary part are moral debates on 3 way paternity. Quizzes in their self are not very challenging and time consuming. Funny thing is that you can actually score 106% as a total grade. Forum support is HQ, as always, when it comes to HarvardX. I hope the series continues soon at a more advanced level when it comes to testing.
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5/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 10 months ago
I think this course will help us to explore the knowledge of Cell Biology and Mitochondria. And, I believe that the instructor has done his best by providing the required contents which are essential as well as easy to understand.
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