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How Does the Body Use DNA as a Blueprint?

University of Aberdeen via FutureLearn


Examine DNA code and how it helps our bodies to repair and regulate themselves

Every part of the body is made according to a code that is carried in the body’s cells. This code is called DNA, and knowing how it works is fundamental to understanding the human body.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the basics of molecular biology, answer the question ‘what is DNA?’ and learn how DNA structure works inside the human body.

You’ll find out what DNA code represents, how it creates proteins inside the body, and what key molecules are involved. You’ll also learn how these molecules communicate and interact with each other inside the body.

This course is aimed at anyone interested in molecular biology and how DNA code works.

Existing knowledge of components of the body is not essential but you may find it useful to complete What is the Body? if you are completely new to biology.


  • DNA determines your appearance
    • Where does your DNA come from?
    • A closer look at DNA
  • From DNA to protein
    • Amino acids
    • Protein synthesis
  • Molecular signalling, and what happens if it goes wrong
    • Who is in charge of the cell?
    • Molecular pathways and our health
    • Final Assessment for the course

Taught by

Kirsty Kiezebrink


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4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 60 ratings

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  • This is a wonderful class. Very well organized and the content is easy to follow. The videos and text content were very clear and inspiring to explore!
    Many videos from Khan Academy were given as additional material and those mixed very well with the course material. This is a class for any curious learner, interested in how our DNA makes us and how it works inside our cells. It is the next class after What is the Human body. So, check out both classes, and enjoy learning about our bodies. Happy Learning!

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