Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life

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Read fully to understand the verified-certificate option. Join Professor Eric Lander and the MITx Biology team in this unique introductory biology learning experience. All 7.00x course materials are available here for exploration and completion, including video and interactive problem sets and exams for skill building. We strongly encourage you to work through the activities, towards a goal of learning biology. We have optimized the course settings for learning: instant feedback after trying problems and all content available at all times. We offer a rigorous means of certifying edX learners in their mastery of the MITx introductory biology content, through the MITx 7.00x Introduction to Biology Competency Exam. This exciting option is available ONLY to those who register for the verified-certificate track, and successful completion of this exam is the only assessment that counts toward a certificate. We highly recommend preparing fo...

Read fully to understand the verified-certificate option. Join Professor Eric Lander and the MITx Biology team in this unique introductory biology learning experience. All 7.00x course materials are available here for exploration and completion, including video and interactive problem sets and exams for skill building. We strongly encourage you to work through the activities, towards a goal of learning biology. We have optimized the course settings for learning: instant feedback after trying problems and all content available at all times. We offer a rigorous means of certifying edX learners in their mastery of the MITx introductory biology content, through the MITx 7.00x Introduction to Biology Competency Exam. This exciting option is available ONLY to those who register for the verified-certificate track, and successful completion of this exam is the only assessment that counts toward a certificate. We highly recommend preparing for the Competency Exam certification by using the current course materials and MIT OpenCourseWare problems. The next Competency Exam will be open October 24, 2017 to October 31, 2017.

7.00x is an introductory level biology course hosted by professor Eric Lander, who was one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. The course content reflects the topics taught in the MIT introductory biology courses and many biology courses across the world. As a learner, you will first focus on the structure and function of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. You will discover how changes in the structure of some of these macromolecules alter their functions and what the implications of such changes have on human health. As you continue in the course, you will apply an understanding of heredity and information flow within cells to human health and disease and will learn about molecular biological techniques and their potential to impact our changing world. After you complete this course, you will have a foundation in biology that will allow you to understand the remarkable medical revolution going on today.

MITx 7.00x: Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life will let you explore the mysteries of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and genomics, and rational medicine. We are excited to take this journey with you!

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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Participating in this course was an exciting and educating journey. In 12 weeks Prof. Lander explained the secret of life and encouraged to continue my interest in biology. Lectures were both interesting and entertaining. I appreciate Professors style of teaching and his amazing sense of humour. Thank you
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5 years, 5 months ago
This course is absolutely amazing! Professor Lander really manages to transmit his passion, and he makes the course extremely interesting. Genetics and genomics aren't my favorite topics in Biology, but I enjoyed everything I learned in this course, and I don't regret taking it at all. And though I don't have a background in biology, I managed to understand everything, thanks to the really good explanations. The Problem sets were also a lot of fun, and they gave me the opportunity to use software I didn't even know existed! Overall this course was a really good experience, and if Dr Lander does another one, I will definitely follow it!
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5 years, 5 months ago
Hard course that demands your attention, what else would you want from MIT? Material is covered in-depth and you WILL learn it. Tests are hard also. I learned more from this course than I imagined was possible. Recommended to everyone.
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5 years, 5 months ago
Dr. Lander is very professional, I took this course to just make my understanding in genetics better, I really like it, it is very clear all the content. this course is one of the reason why I am still around at Edx platform. Courses are highly professional.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
I am taking this course because my previous bilgy course was in 1959 (and J D Watson was one of the teachers). A lot has changed then. This course presents the microbiology of proteins and DNA and th related genetics. It is one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken and the presentation is very clear and the exercises are challenging and interesting but not impossible. Everyone should take this course.
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5 years, 6 months ago
This is a proper university level course. The lectures are filmed from the on campus course. The lecturer is phenomenal and the lab/homework unbelievable. This course is rated easy - it is not easy if you do all the homework. I ended up with 83% for the course - the lowest mark I have had on the EdX platform. It isn't the hardest MOOC I have done - that goes to Introduction to Systems Biology on Coursera by Ravi Iyengar I enjoyed the framework used in the course which linked together the 3 strands of biology and added an historical perspective. I have done over 30 MOOCS and this rates in the top 3 - as Professor Landers says this is a dynamic field and you will be learning material that is at the leading edge of what is emerging - be prepared to put in the hours and be fascinated.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
Took this course when it was first offered. It. Was. AMAZING. Why? Dr. Lander's teaching style simplified the complexities that would shy most non- science students. His enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge make this course completely worthwhile. We all need professors like him!! I am happily now a software engineer, but I would probably still be a biologist had he been my professor. Thank you to Dr. Lander!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
This course (and the MIT OCW recorded versions of the 7.012 lectures from 2004 before that) really changed my life. Dr Lander is the most inspiring lecturer/teacher I have ever had the pleasure to watch. Biology turns out to be more fascinating and complex than all of Physics or Computer Science, and its implications are so directly applicable to our present and future.
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5 years, 9 months ago
This was my first formal exposure to biology or genetics, although I had read widely in these areas out of personal interest. The course was extremely effective in conveying both the wonder and excitement of the field, and the sometimes difficult technical details. I have taken a number of MOOCs, and this course is way ahead of anything else I've seen. In part, this is due to Professor Lander's great skill and gift for teaching and his position at the leading edge of research in the field. I came away from each lecture feeling inspired and energized - something I haven't encountered since my time at MIT in the late 70s. The excellence of the course is also due to the quality of the supplementary materials, especially the explanatory videos by graduate students and the lab demonstrations. But most surprising to me was how well the online medium has been harnessed in providing tools for learning and skill development as well as in test... This was my first formal exposure to biology or genetics, although I had read widely in these areas out of personal interest. The course was extremely effective in conveying both the wonder and excitement of the field, and the sometimes difficult technical details. I have taken a number of MOOCs, and this course is way ahead of anything else I've seen. In part, this is due to Professor Lander's great skill and gift for teaching and his position at the leading edge of research in the field. I came away from each lecture feeling inspired and energized - something I haven't encountered since my time at MIT in the late 70s. The excellence of the course is also due to the quality of the supplementary materials, especially the explanatory videos by graduate students and the lab demonstrations. But most surprising to me was how well the online medium has been harnessed in providing tools for learning and skill development as well as in testing in the homework assignments, midterms and final exam. I wonder at the amount of thought and effort that has gone into producing the course. 7.00x demands demands substantial effort and time input, and for someone new to the field, it is difficult. But it delivers the authentic MIT experience.
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5 years, 9 months ago
This was the very first course I took on the edX platform, and is the reason why I am now a regular user. The professor is outstanding; I feel as if I know him personally, and as if he genuinely cares for the progress of each and every one of us taking his course:)
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5 years, 9 months ago
I participated in the first pass of this course and it was the best pedagogical experience I've ever had.
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5 years, 9 months ago
I had taken part in the first 7.00x and i was astonished by the level and work put into that course. It teaches you everything from what proteins are to how to make your own GMO. Oh and you can't find a better teacher then prof. Lander!
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5 years, 9 months ago
I took the very first course of 7.00x. It was a mind-blowing experience and set me off to an unforgettable tour about biology and genomics. Eric Lander is a great teacher! He is authentic, smart and knows how to teach. One of the best courses at edX. I am looking forward to more courses with Lander!
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5 years, 8 months ago
Aside from the superb teaching of Dr Lander and his associates (including the grad students), the course architecture was well-conceived and implemented. I worked harder in 7.00x than I did in any of my graduate coursework. I am now addicted to those little green check marks and to the thrill of actually understanding something about molecular genetics.
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5 years, 9 months ago
An excellent course that gives not only a full overview of the field of 2010s biology but also a feel for the pace at which the field is changing, the revolutions happening right now, and the direction in which it's moving. E. S. Lander is a great teacher and the decision to film him giving lecture in the classroom, interacting with actual students, was a wise one. The wealth and breadth of tools developed for the homework and exams should also be noted. From protein folding to population genetics to genome analysis, it's all there. I dare not even think about the time invested in the production of this course offered for free.
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5 years, 7 months ago
This course has transformed the way I look at the world around me. I no longer see chaos and static, I now see order, balance, and ebb and flow at the micro level. I've always known that water and oil naturally separate themselves, but now I understand what is occurring on the atomic level. This course was a blast. Manage your time wisely or you'll end up missing deadlines like me and failing with a 51%. Great Teacher, Great Course. I can't wait to take it again as VERIFIED. 100% Here I come!
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5 years, 7 months ago
This is a marvelous course: a wealth of information, explained and presented in a most clear and captivating manner. Highly recommended.
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5 years, 8 months ago
I audited the first iteration of the course and have registered again for a certificate. As an undergrad in pursuit of an MD/PhD, I've found that Eric Lander's concise yet comprehensive tour of the underpinnings of biology has provided an excellent foundation for my academic career. As a MOOC-addict, I've yet to find lectures more enthusiastic or engaging on this subject. Very, very highly recommended.
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5 years, 8 months ago
OH WOW! I'm not a biologist, nor will I ever be one, but this is the best class ever! Or somewhere extremely close to it. Prof. Lander's love for his subject is absolutely infectious, and it doesn't hurt any that the teaching materials in this class are second to none. Awesome lectures! Challenging assignments that teach you about as much as lectures themselves! Wonderful applets covering every subject from protein structure to gene transcription and translation! This would have been a steal at the normal brick-and-mortar price. Taking it for free - or for a hundred bucks for a "verified certificate" - is an incredible bargain. If you're even remotely interested in How Life Works - take this class. There's no other like it, and that's despite there being quite a few wonderful MOOCs out there.
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5 years, 9 months ago
This was (will be) a terrific course - I felt as if I was in the classroom and the content was superbly organized. The bad news is that once you take this class, you will find something wrong with every other online class you may take!
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5 years, 7 months ago
I was a bit skeptical before taking this course (I thought I'd just drop out if I failed to understand). This course is AWESOME! I totally love it. Challenging problem sets, crystal clear lectures of Prof. Lander, guidance from fellow mates (on the forums) and deep dives- what else would one want in a good course.  Good job 7.00x team!
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5 years, 7 months ago
Hi . I'm still cherishing the course material. Dr Lander is a teacher of teachers. Thanks 4 the wonderful course
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5 years, 7 months ago
Beautifully taken, logical explanation, connections are made easily and highly motivating! I am a life science student watching Dr.Lander's lecture from India and I am thoroughly enjoying it ! Thank you sir.
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5 years, 7 months ago
This is a fantastic course. It gave me a great understanding of how we understand some of the inner workings of cells and how these workings were discovered. This is a must to do.
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5 years, 7 months ago
I am from holland, my English is not as shout be but what a "natural" is Dr. Landers. You can see and feel what he is taking about. An unique teacher with the complete knowledge in his mind. It was a party every week to listening to him I learned a lot from him. Thank you mister Landers. Kind regards Hans van Ham Riethoven Holland
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5 years, 7 months ago
Dr. Lander is an outstanding speaker. I have been looking forward to this class for a long time, and it has not failed to disappoint me. The way he blends the old and new, with current research being blended in, it absolutely amazing.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 7 months ago
This is a very interesting and challenging course at the same time but if you like biology is a great course to take.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 7 months ago
This course was fantastic. Dr Lander has created something incredible here. The way everything is set out and explained is thought provoking and has created a real interest in biology for me. Thank you for the time and effort that was obviously put into this course. Thank you again.
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5 years, 7 months ago
Amazing Professor. Amazing Course. Can't miss this one. Material is treated in depth but is still accessible. Looking forward to any other courses Professor Lander might teach on edx.org.
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5 years, 7 months ago
Taking the first course of 7.00x was a truly unique experience. Having already taken biology, genetics and biochemistry courses, I was looking for a different way of teaching these courses. I have to say that Professor Lander is by far the most enthusiastic, most interesting and motivating teacher I've ever had. One year after I completed 7.00x, I still stand in awe of the way he perceives and applies his teaching methods. I'm looking forward to another course under Prof. Lander's teaching.
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