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Inside Cancer: How Genes Influence Cancer Development

University of Bath via FutureLearn


What is the one thing that all cancers have in common? They begin as mutant or rebel cells! In this course we will explore how changes in cancer genetics and epigenetics enables these cells to grow uncontrollably, by exploiting our blood vessels and immune system along with other systemic changes.

Finally, we will discuss how our understanding of genetics has helped both refine conventional treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, and inform the design of new treatments that can target specific proteins within cancer cells.

This course is an introduction to cancer genetics and is designed to further your knowledge of the molecular basis of cancer.

It is suitable for secondary school students, considering studying medicine, nursing, or other careers in healthcare, as well as teachers who wish to learn more about cancer development.

It would also be beneficial for undergraduate students, pharmacists, nurses, and medical practitioners who want to further their understanding of the genetics and epigenetics.

This course is also suitable for cancer patients, families, and carer groups who want to explore the science behind cancer development and treatment.


  • What is cancer?
    • What is cancer?
    • Genes and mutations
    • Epigenetics in cancer
  • Behaviour of rogue cells
    • Behaviour of rogue cells
    • Chemical signals
    • Death-defying cancer cells
  • Genetic pathways to cancer
    • Angiogenesis
    • Metastasis
    • Other roads to cancer
  • Diagnostics and treatment
    • Diagnostics and treatment planning
    • Conventional treatments
    • The Future of Cancer Therapy

Taught by

Momna Hejmadi


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  • A great class! This class explores the fundamental principles of how genetics influences the development and spread of cancer. Very informative and engaging class. Taught by scientists, still, for anyone interested in learning about how our g…
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