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University of Leeds

Causes of Human Disease: Exploring Cancer and Genetic Disease

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Understand the role of genes in cancer and genetic disease

It’s widely known that some diseases run in families. The discovery of the structure of DNA and the unravelling of the genetic code has led to a deeper understanding of such diseases. We now know more about the genetic basis of cancer and how cancer cells are formed and reproduce. On this course you’ll explore the structure of DNA, its processes and learn how genetic disease results from DNA alterations. You’ll look closely at the nature of these changes, causes and risk factors – this is vital in the case of cancer, as prevention has proved to be an effective way of managing this disease.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care, or just wish to learn more, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Taught by

Phil Burns

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Hi everyone, My name is Mike from southern Ontario, Canada. My wife and I run a counselling practice and are very interested in holistic health, spiritual as well as mental, physical and seeing how our 'whole health' affects our bodies. We want the...
  • Ros Cole
    This was a very interesting course and I think a basic level of biological understanding would be useful e.g. basic cell biology and genetics. It is at times quite challenging as there is a lot to take in and remember; learners are kept on their toes...
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    Very interesting material. I found it to be quite surface level, and when it wasn't as surface level it left me with more questions that went unexplained. Would love there to be more definitions or explanations of specific subject words that aren't explained until reaching the glossary. Overall I learned more about how cancer affects our DNA than before this course.
  • Anonymous
    I am an ophthalmologist from Chile. I enjoyed this well-thought genetic course. The course succeed in making understandable something that at first glance may look intimidating, like the molecular basis of genetics. Understanding genetics at the molecular...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellant course. Well detailed and informed. Brief notes, great diagrams and great courses. I'd definitely recommend this course to any student studying any course related to biomedical science/biological science. Future Learnn is really a really useful website for students who wantto gather extra resources and further their revision on our course. I use courses like this to bolster my revision.
    I rated this course a 5 star due to the clear facts that the course was very smooth and organised, the people running these courses definetly have the students at their best interest as there's no unnecessary paid for courses.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting, and I learnt a lot about the causes of genetic diseases - however I think a prior knowledge of genetics would be helpful, as it is a very detailed course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I‘m a radiologist working in China right now. I really get a lot from this course even though I
    haven't completely understood all of the details due to my poor English and my limited relating knowledge。I suppose I understand 75 percent of the course content。I cant say enough thanks to all the contributors for this fabulous course,special thanks to those who articulated in the teaching vedios,they enunciated everything in a proper speaking speed,that's extremely important for us non-native speakers of English to catch up。Great learning experience!
  • Wendy Abbott
    Excellent course which in such a short time delivers an abundance of information and knowledge which I have found exceptional.
  • Anonymous
    I really loved the course and learning with leeds was so helpful thank you for every thing wish to come to it and be a member.
  • Anonymous
    Hi am rekha and i learnt a lot in this course as it is rendered in a clear way. Hope to learn in more such courses .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found part one more difficult to grasp as it contained sone new information for mewhich was very interesting. It was good revision and learning for me as a physiotherapist.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am a retired pharmacist and took this just for personal interest. It was very complex but very interesting.
    Thank you.

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