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Course SummaryBy reviewing these fun video lessons and taking our quizzes, you can earn an Introduction to Genetics certificate in only a couple of weeks with this informative course. Use this certificate to show employers your commitment to your education and your interest in the field of genetics.
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About This Course
Spend two weeks watching short and fun video lessons to earn an Introduction to Genetics Certificate. These quick and engaging lessons cover all the important genetics concepts, so you can understand critical concepts like DNA replication, natural selection, chromosomal linkage and more. Find out how studies on twins are used to determine heritability and the purpose and steps involved in creating a knockout mouse.
Who's This For?
Teachers, lab techs, health or legal professionals and environmental specialists might find the concepts addressed in this course useful. A certificate in genetics could also be of interest to individuals who just want to understand why they act a certain way or if there are genetic reasons for an illness or disease they are suffering from.
No prerequisites are needed for this course, but knowledge of basic biology, chemistry, physics and math concepts could be useful.
Benefits of the Certificate
Earning this certificate can be beneficial in both your personal and work life. Some benefits include:
- Giving you a solid foundation in genetics to help you research hereditary traits in your family
- Attracting attention from potential employers by adding this certificate to your resume and online profile
- Demonstrating your mastery of genetics topics to your current employer
Introduction to Genetics Program Breakdown
The Molecular and Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
In this chapter, explore DNA's structure and the differences between DNA and RNA. You'll see the DNA replication process in action and understand how transcription from DNA to RNA works. Other concepts discussed include protein synthesis, genetic code, mRNA to protein translation, independent assortment and meiosis.
This chapter teaches you about Mendel's laws and some exceptions to simple dominance and independent assortment. You'll explore epistasis and lethal alleles and find out how to use a chi-square test. Lessons provide examples of genomic imprinting and guide you through genotype-environment interaction and the Broad-Sense Heritability equation.
Population Genetics and Evolution
Learn about the theory of evolution and Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium in this chapter, which also discusses the effects of inbreeding and identifies types of natural selection. You'll learn how to calculate the coefficient of inbreeding and watch lessons on genetic fitness and speciation.
Model Organisms and Developmental Genetics
This chapter covers non-vertebrate and vertebrate model organisms and Drosophila development. You'll learn how maternal-effect genes control early Drosophila development and what role segmentation and homeotic genes play in development.
DNA Damage, Mutation, and Repair
Explore point mutations and frameshift mutations in this chapter, which also teaches you about the causes of mutation and DNA damage-mutagens. You'll learn the methods for reversing DNA damage and fixing double-strand breaks.
This chapter covers human genetics research methods and genetic causes of diseases. You'll study prenatal and postnatal genetic testing along with such diseases as Tay-Sachs and Huntington's Disease.
Learn about prokaryotes and eukaryotes, homology and chromosome number in this chapter.
DNA Technology and Transgenic Organisms
This chapter introduces you to genetic engineering and DNA sequencing. You'll study DNA plasmids and restriction enzymes then learn how ligase is used to engineer recombinant DNA. Polymerase chain reaction, the Sanger Method and microarrays are all covered in this final chapter.
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