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
6 years, 3 months ago
My first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Once I read the course title, there was no turning back. You get an understanding of what "life" is at the cell and molecular level. Take this exciting and enlightening ride with Professor Lander. It'll change your thinking for ever!
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6 years, 4 months ago
This is one of the best edX courses. I had not taken biology course in over 40 years and I was able to understand the material. The course taught the chemistry that is behind biology.
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6 years, 4 months ago
First (and so far only) course I've finished on edX and it's absolutely brilliant. Eric Lander is a great teacher and, even when he's teaching a complex subject, keeps you engaged on his lectures.
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6 years, 4 months ago
This course with Dr. Lander was extremely fun, interesting. And knowledgable. You don't only get to learn, you actually also get to comprehend and discuss what you learn. Dr. Lander himself, besides the content of the course, is a terrific teacher and communicator. Therefore I would completely encourage you to take this course. It is likely the best, one of the best courses, here at edx. Now, what I want to know is, when. Is. The. Follow up course to 7.00x coming? :D
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6 years, 5 months ago
Professor Lander is an inspiring professor. I came into 7.00x with crappy biology skills but after taking this class I feel like I mastered biology (well, the parts of biology needed for MCATs, which will be expanded upon later). Additionally, Professor Lander's engaging lectures, along with high quality problem sets that encourage critical thinking, along with the awesome TAs and deep dives and the like, made me enjoy the course a lot. Hats off to Eric Lander!!!!! Thank you Dr. Lander!!!! This was the first course that inspired me to major in some sort of science field in college, and the first course that taught me what biology and mastery of medically related concepts really means (unlike AP Biology). I LOVE DR. LANDER!!!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 5 months ago
Best course I've ever taken. If you are passionate about Biology take it, if not ditto: You will be. Thanks & congrats to Prof Lander & the rest of the team.
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6 years, 6 months ago
What a top notch piece of production. Brilliant course. Education is 90% down to the quality of the educators and Lander is superb. Wish many other MOOCs could reach the standards set by this one.
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6 years, 7 months ago
A fantastic course which ditches much of 'elementary biology' in favour of focusing firmly on molecular biology and genetics. Every part of this is good. First, very little is assumed; I had last studied biology at only a very elementary level thirty years ago. I did have rather more chemistry, and some comfort with chemical structures and notation is quite handy for the first part of the course. Second, Eric Lander is a brilliant and inspiring teacher; these are some of the best lectures I've seen on a MOOC. He doesn't resort to gimmicks and cute demos; he just explains the material in a very entertaining way. Third, the problem sets are very well thought out, using various viewing and analysis tools so that you feel you're really getting an understanding of the material. Fourth, the course was well-supported by the TAs. Thoroughly recommended; if you were looking for a first MOOC to try out MOOCs, this would be a great one to pick.
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6 years, 9 months ago
I was interesting in taking this course because the professor is a pioneer in his field; why not learn from one of the leading minds of today? While I found the information presented to be very interesting, the tests and quizzes were crazy hard, requiring the use built-in modeling software (no or little in the way of raw knowledge or non-modeling application questions). They weren't easy to use. The quiz/exam questions actually quite often didn't seem to go along with the material presented in the lecture. The lectures themselves were just of the teacher in his classroom giving his classroom lectures. I would have loved to see a more MOOC applicable lecture format (and quiz/test questions).
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 9 months ago
This class rekindled my love of science. Eric Lander was an outstanding and enthusiastic lecturer. The problem sets were very helpful and challenged me to think logically and apply the material in real world kind of ways. The course was challenging to me even though I had some exposure to biochemistry and genetics in my college coursework. However, I took these classes years ago and much has changed. The problem sets used some interesting computer tools but because some of these tools did not work reliably on the recommended browser, I gave the class 4 stars instead of 5.
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6 years, 9 months ago
I had some elementary science/math courses long ago, but had never taken any biology. This course is a fantastic introduction to genetics from the onset a few hundred years ago right up to the current frontiers. The lecturer, Eric Lander, knows his stuff and, perhaps more important, knows how to teach. The course assistants were also excellent and very responsive to your questions (seldom did more than an hour go by without a response). If you like science and are familiar with elementary chemistry, you will love this class. You will have to be prepared to work and, above all, think.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 9 months ago
I am a biology graduate and used this course as a refresher course before taking my teacher license exam. It was such a treat to refresh my knowledge through Dr Lander's teaching especially because he was such an important part of the human genome project that happened in my student years.. His enthusiasm is very inspiring. I would absolutely recommend this course for anyone who enjoys biology and is curious about life and its mysteries. It might be a tad bit difficult for students who don't have much prior knowledge regarding molecular biology. The deep dives and resources were excellent.
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6 years, 9 months ago
I took this course in Fall 2013. This is one MOOC which really embraces all the power of technology available on the edX platform. In about 14 weeks, I was amazed how much I learned from this course. Starting from an introductory level, it takes you to the very cutting edge in biology focusing on life at micro-level. To facilitate a solid understanding, it uses software tools such as three dimensional protein structure viewer, integrated genomic viewer, gene editors, etc. to explain the basic tenets of life - function, gene, protein and the overarching genomics. Working on the problem sets was challenging but incredibly rewarding and fun at the same time. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to understand 'the secret of life', as the title puts it aptly.
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6 years, 9 months ago
I don't like the courses in which there is a professor sitting at the desk and reading slides. This is a NO SLIDES course. There is an amazing teacher Prof. E. Lander, higly interacting with the class and involving internet students, and plenty of materials and tools I started other courses but I completed and highly appreciated only this 7.00x of Prof. E. Lander and CS50x of Prof. D. Malan. Both courses have, with different tools and contributions, the same approach to teaching. there is some review of the MOOCS based on these characteristics ? P.S. my high rate of spent time is because i'm not fluent in english
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7 years ago
Challenging for an intro course, but excellent lecturer who is a leader in the field, well designed homework problems. Highly recommend if you have the time to give to keep up with it.
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5 years, 10 months ago
Little experience in biology before this course. Prof. Lander is an amazing lecturer, it's fun to watch the lectures. The problem sets are quite challenging, but I managed to master most of them. But it took me 10hr the week.
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7 years ago
I took this course last spring, and it was definitely challenging (somewhere between Medium and Hard, depending on your previous knowledge of chem and bio). Having had time to reflect on the class, I am most impressed with how well my grade reflects my actual comprehension level of the material. Kudos to the developers for coming up with problem sets and exams that really assess a student's understanding of the topic. The first 7.00x was fabulous, so I am guessing this next one (with some of the technological kinks worked out) will only be better.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
i think it is a way to share knowlage with others whom dont have this oppurtunity. i am very thanksful.
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3 years, 10 months ago
The cost for the certificate is high for the peoples from the developing nations and who they really need this type of education, so please give some attention to reduce the certificate price..
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