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7.00x is an introductory level biology course hosted by professor Eric Lander, who was one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. Although this course has been designed exclusively for edX, the course content reflects the topics taught in the MIT introductory biology courses and many biology courses across the world. As a student, you will first focus on the structure and function of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. You will discover how changes in the structure of some of these macromolecules alters their functions and what the implications of such changes have on human health. As you continue in the course, you will apply an understanding of heredity and information flow within cells to human health and disease and will learn about molecular biological techniques and their potential to impact our changing world. After you complete this course, you will have a foundation in biology that will allow you to understand the remarkable medical revolution going on today.

Students will complete this course in 12 weeks. Each week features a series of lecture sequences that are supported by interactive video tutorials and interspersed exercises or problems. Additionally, students will work on a homework assignment or exam each week. The course will conclude with a comprehensive final exam.

Additionally, for teachers of science, we have forged a collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to facilitate understanding of challenging content and help with practical classroom applications of the courseware. There will be four NSTA web seminars and moderated community forums for discussion related to 7.00x Secret of Life subject matter and pedagogy. Visit NSTA/MITx for web seminar details.

7.00x - The Secret of Life will let you explore the mysteries of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and genomics, and rational medicine. We are excited to take this journey with you!

Course Details:
  • Instructors: Eric S. Lander, Graham Walker, Michelle Mischke, Brian White, Mary Ellen Wiltrout
  • School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Subject: Biology, Chemistry & Life Sciences
  • Publisher: edX
  • Price:FREE
  • Certificate:Included Free
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  • Starts: 5 March, 2013
  • Ends: 28 May, 2013
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George Allen

November 5, 2013

Eric Lander is an extremely engaging instructor and will definitely keep your interest up for the duration of the course. It is exceptionally challenging and requires a huge time commitment, but the benefits are well worth it. Current developments in biology and genetics are incorporated into the course so you get that real-time feeling. In my opinion this is one of the best courses currently being offered in the life sciences field. My only question is - does Dr. Lander ever wear a shirt that's not blue?

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Sharon Cumiskey

July 25, 2013

I have never taken a more enlightening, demanding or up to date course. This is cutting edge information that changed and updated as we took the class in the spring of 2013. I am proud to say I earned a Certificate! Dr. Eric Lander is personable and a "keep your attention" type teacher. My only complaint would be that I took the first offering and EdX had a few kinks to work out in terms of grading.

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