Molecular Biology Free Online Course by MIT

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Molecular Biology – Part 3: RNA Processing and Translation. An in-depth adventure through RNA Processing and Translation. Strengthen your scientific thinking and biological experimental design skills.

This course will explore translation of mRNA to protein, a key part of the central dogma of biology. The course will start on August 15, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 4-8 hours pw
Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Course Starts on August 15, 2017

Providers’ Details

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About This Course

In Part 3 of 7.28x, you’ll explore translation of mRNA to protein, a key part of the central dogma of biology. Do you know how RNA turnover or RNA splicing affects the outcome of translation? Although not official steps in the central dogma, the mechanisms of RNA processing strongly influence gene expression.

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 biology, from the classic experimental events that identified the proteins and elements involved in translation and RNA splicing to cutting-edge assays that apply the power of genome sequencing. Do you feel confident in your ability to design molecular biology experiments and interpret data from them? University has designed the assessments in this course to build your experimental design and data analysis skills.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to compare and contrast translation in bacteria and eukaryotes
  • How to describe several mechanisms of RNA turnover and RNA splicing
  • How to analyze protein structures to infer functional information
  • How to design the best experiment to test a hypothesis
  • How to interpret data from translation and RNA processing experiments

Instructors

Stephen P. Bell
HHMI Investigator; Professor of Biology

Tania A. Baker
HHMI Investigator; Whitehead Professor of Biology

Mary Ellen Wiltrout
MITx Digital Learning Scientist, Department of Biology

Sera Thornton
MITx Digital Learning Fellow, Department of Biology

Swati Carr
MITx Digital Learning Fellow, Department of Biology

Requirements

7.00x Introduction to Biology or similar (undergraduate biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics), 7.28.1x and 7.28.2x Molecular Biology or similar (advanced understanding of the central dogma)

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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