The field of genetics is rich with discovery. Mapping the human genome, conducting genetic testing, and identifying new vaccines are just a few of the many ways genetics can have a powerful impact on our world. This course provides a stair-step introduction of genetics from the basic concepts to exploring more complex topics, including molecular biology, gene mapping and screening, and reverse and forward genetic research.You will explore both what is known about genes as well as how we use genetics research to better understand basic biology. This course will create the solid foundation needed to be successful in the subsequent courses within the program.
This course is the required first course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.
You Will Learn
The structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes
How traits get passed down through generations
The fundamentals of molecular biology
The use of genetic methods to analyze protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease
Existing and emerging model organisms of genetic research
Kasia Bryc, Personal Geneticist, 23andMe
William Greenleaf, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Stanford University
Michael Snyder, Professor and Chair in Genetics; Certificate Academic Director, Stanford University
Barry Starr, Director, Outreach Activities; Certificate Program Director, Stanford University
Ruth Tennen, Lecturer, Stanford University
Monte Winslow, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Stanford University
*This certificate neither substitutes for, nor leads to, being board certified as a genetic counselor (ABGC) or clinical geneticist (ABMG)