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Molecular Biology – Part 3: RNA Processing and Translation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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In Part 3 of 7.28x, you’ll explore translation of mRNA to protein, a key part of the central dogma of biology. Do you know how RNA turnover or RNA splicing affects the outcome of translation? Although not official steps in the central dogma, the mechanisms of RNA processing strongly influence gene expression.

Are you ready to go beyond the “what" of scientific information presented in textbooks and explore how scientists deduce the details of these molecular models?

Take a behind-the-scenes look at modern molecular biology, from the classic experimental events that identified the proteins and elements involved in translation and RNA splicing to cutting-edge assays that apply the power of genome sequencing. Do you feel confident in your ability to design molecular biology experiments and interpret data from them? We've designed the assessments in this course to build your experimental design and data analysis skills.

Let’s explore the limits of our current knowledge about the translation machinery and mechanisms of RNA turnover and splicing. If you are up for the challenge, join us in 7.28.3x Molecular Biology: RNA Processing and Translation.

Syllabus

Week 1: Translation I – Overview and Key Players
Week 2: Translation II – Elongation
Week 3: Translation III – Initiation and Termination
Week 4: Translation IV – Regulation of Translation
Week 5: RNA Splicing I – Mechanisms
Week 6: RNA Splicing II – Proofreading and Alternative Splicing
Week 7: RNA Turnover I – Assays and General Mechanisms
Week 8: RNA Turnover II – Specific Bacterial and Eukaryotic Mechanisms

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Stephen P. Bell, Tania A. Baker, Mary Ellen Wiltrout, Sera Thornton and Swati Carr

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by Inês completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course is a fantastic experience. I'm waiting for it to come back so I can complete it. I just wish the deadlines were more flexible, since this is very hard to complete with a working student schedule.

Every topic is explained in detail and the exercises are interesting and relevant to the topic.

Professor Steve Bell is a wonderful teacher and explains everything clearly and the moderators in the forums are quick to help with any question you might have.

If you have an interest in topic you should definitely try out this course!
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