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DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 09, 2014 - August 05, 20144OnlineOpenDonna Lizotte10618

Course Description

DNA can solve a crime, identify a future disease, and distinguish our common ancestors. A remarkable molecule, it has often been referred to as the “building block of life.”

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to an explosion in our understanding of DNA and how it impacts us, both as individuals and as a society. This course will introduce the concepts and techniques associated with DNA science and address some of its diverse applications including medicine, forensics, evolution, and genetically modified organisms.

Explore current topics and cutting-edge techniques associated with these applications, and experience the process of scientific inquiry first-hand, from understanding what it means to be a scientist to practicing the analysis and interpretation of experimental results.

Advances in DNA science are not without controversy. Students will investigate these issues through online discussion about the ethical, legal, and social implications of DNA science.



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Coursework requirements: This course requires approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.

You will need the following to participate in this online course:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player
• Smartphone with camera, digital camera, or scanner (some assignments require students to upload photos, sketches, or graphs to the course website)


Course Fee: $985

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Related courses: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes (on campus course), Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology (on campus course)