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Biology - Genetics

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This course covers a wide range of topics in biology and genetics, including cell biology, gene expression, evolution, and biotechnology. Students will learn about the cell cycle, gene regulation, Mendelian genetics, chromosome structure, natural selection, and more. The course uses a combination of lectures, visualizations, and virtual reality to explain complex concepts. It is designed for learners interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of biology and genetics, from basic principles to advanced topics like CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology.


Introduction to Biology: What is Life?.
The Origin of Life on Earth.
Prokaryotic Cells: The Simplest Kind of Life.
Eukaryotic Cells Part 1: Animal Cells and Endosymbiotic Theory.
Eukaryotic Cells Part 2: Plant Cells.
The Cell Cycle and its Regulation.
Mitosis: How One Cell Becomes Two.
Meiosis, Gametes, and the Human Life Cycle.
Mendelian Genetics and Punnett Squares.
Chromosome Structure and Organization.
Regulation of Gene Expression: Operons, Epigenetics, and Transcription Factors.
Viruses: Molecular Hijackers.
Unicellular Life Part 1: Bacteria.
Unicellular Life Part 2: Archaea and Protists.
The Origin of Multicellular Life: Cell Specialization and Animal Development.
Charles Darwin's Idea: Descent With Modification.
The Evolution of Populations: Natural Selection, Genetic Drift, and Gene Flow.
Phylogeny and the Tree of Life.
Biotechnology: Genetic Modification, Cloning, Stem Cells, and Beyond.
Visualizing a Nucleosome in Virtual Reality.
Anaerobic Respiration and Fermentation.
Apoptosis: Programmed Cell Death.
Beyond Mendelian Genetics: Complex Patterns of Inheritance.
Inheritance of X-Linked Genes.
Gene Linkage and Genetic Maps.
Alteration of Chromosome Number and Structure.
Gel Electrophoresis.
Gene Expression Analysis and DNA Microarray Assays.
Gene Therapy.
Types of Speciation: Allopatric, Sympatric, Peripatric, and Parapatric.
Mechanisms of Natural Selection: Altruism and Kin Selection.
Mechanisms of Natural Selection Part 1: Types of Sexual Selection.
Mechanisms of Natural Selection Part 2: Conflict, Spite, and Reciprocity.
Synthetic Biology and Materials Science Part 1: Biological Manufacturing.
Synthetic Biology and Materials Science Part 2: Nature-Made Plastics.
CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology.

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