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Why Biology Matters: The Genome and You

Universitat Pompeu Fabra via FutureLearn


Understand the role of the genome in individuals, families and all humankind

By exploring genomes, we can develop a more detailed biological understanding of ourselves. This course focuses on building your knowledge of the genome, including concepts of genetic inheritance and how traits are transmitted from one generation to the next.

You will learn the type of information the genome provides and the social and philosophical implications of genomes in the future. It’s encouraged, but not required, for you to have completed Why Biology Matters: Basic Concepts before this course.

This course is for anyone interested in genetics and learning more about human biology. This includes students and professionals in science, sociology, human evolution, and history.


  • Heredity
    • Welcome
    • The genetics of simple traits
  • Ancestrality
    • Genetics of complex traits
    • Genome and myself
  • Genome
    • Genome and family
    • Genome and forensics
  • Big Data
    • Genome, ancestrality and origins
    • Biobanks and Databases
  • Future
    • The manipulation of genome
    • Genome, determinism and future

Taught by

Ramon Maseda


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