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Free Online Course on The Extremes of Life

Kyoto University is offering free online course on Extremes of Life: Microbes and Their Diversity. In this course, the university will discover how diverse life is on our planet and consider the basic principles that govern evolution.

In this four week course, applicants will explore those that thrive in the most extreme environments, the extremophiles. This course will start on December 21, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
Institution: Kyoto University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on December 21, 2017

Providers’ Details

Kyoto University is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished research-oriented universities in Asia. The validity of that reputation is testified by the accolades conferred on our alumni researchers, most notably eight Nobel Prize laureates who undertook vital research during their time at the university.

About This Course

Life on our planet is diverse. While we can easily recognize this in our everyday surroundings, an even more diverse world of life can be seen when we look under a microscope. This is the world of microorganisms.

Why Take This Course?

In this course, we will discover how diverse life is on our planet and consider the basic principles that govern evolution. We will also learn how we can classify organisms. Following this, we will have a look at several examples of extreme environments, and introduce the microorganisms that thrive under these harsh conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Basic principles of evolution
  • Recognition of the diversity of life
  • Methods to classify organisms
  • Basic knowledge of extremophiles
  • Principles that govern protein stability


Haruyuki Atomi

Professor at the Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University.


Basic knowledge of biology equivalent to the junior high school level.

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