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Molecular Biology Part 1: DNA Replication and Repair

Molecular Biology Part 1: DNA Replication and Repair is a free online course offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted by the Edx. An in-depth adventure through DNA replication and repair to strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills.
About this course
  • You’re acquainted with your DNA, but did you know that your cells synthesize enough DNA during your lifetime to stretch a light year in length?
  • How does the cellular machinery accomplish such a feat without making more mistakes than you can survive?
  • Why isn’t the incidence of cancer even higher than it is? And, if the DNA in each and every cell is two meters long, how is this genetic material compacted to fit inside the cell nucleus without becoming a tangled mess?
  • Are you ready to go beyond the “what" of scientific information presented in textbooks and explore how scientists deduce the details of these molecular models?
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at modern molecular genetics, from the classic experimental events that identified the proteins involved in DNA replication and repair to cutting-edge assays that apply the power of genome sequencing.
What you'll learn
  • How to compare and contrast the mechanisms of DNA replication in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  • How to describe several enzymatic mechanisms that the cell uses to repair or tolerate DNA damage
  • How to analyze protein structures to infer functional information
  • How to design methods for the best experiment to test a hypothesis related to DNA replication or repair proteins
  • How to interpret data from DNA replication and repair experiments
Duration: 08 weeks

Timings: 4 – 6 hours per week

Starts on October 05, 2021

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