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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Genetics: Population Genetics and Human Traits

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX


This is the third genetics course in a three-part series. Building upon the concepts from biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology from our 7.00x Introductory Biology MOOC, these genetics courses go to a new level of depth. How do we determine the content of genomes? What can allele frequencies tell us about the genetics of different populations? And why does this matter to human society?

Professors Mary Gehring and Olivia Corradin will challenge you to expand your understanding of genetics. You will study the content of genomes, quantitative methods for studying traits, and the impact of genetics on population structures.

We developed the 7.03x Genetics series with an emphasis on:

  • Developing your scientific thinking skills including articulating hypotheses, designing experiments, performing thought experiments, and interpreting data.
  • Using data based on real scientific experiments and highlighting the scientific process in assessments.
  • Demonstrating that biology is an active field that changes daily through examples of research and relevance to medicine, not static information in a textbook.
  • Uniting themes and principles that inform how scientists conduct and interpret research.
  • Implementing the science of learning in the course design.


  • Genomes and DNA Sequencing
  • Population Genetics
  • Genetics of Quantitative Traits
  • Human Genetics

Taught by

Mary Gehring, Olivia Corradin, Mary Ellen Wiltrout, Darcy Gordon, Caitlin Friend and Mingyu Yang


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  • Anonymous
    A very informative, well taught course. I learned a lot and I was happy to find that some of the statistical tests which underlie population genetics were included as well.

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