DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 09, 2014 - August 05, 2014||4||Online||Open||Donna Lizotte||10618|
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.
Fall and spring sessions are four weeks long, and require approximately five hours per week to complete coursework and assignments. The summer session is an intensive 2-week course that requires approximately ten hours 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
Related courses: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes (on campus course), Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology (on campus course)