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Fundamentals of Genetics: The Genetics You Need to Know

Monday, December 21, 2015
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Course Description

The field of genetics is rich with discovery. Mapping the human genome, conducting genetic testing, and identifying new vaccines are just a few of the many ways genetics can have a powerful impact on our world. This course provides a stair-step introduction of genetics from the basic concepts to exploring more complex topics, including molecular biology, gene mapping and screening, and reverse and forward genetic research.You will explore both what is known about genes as well as how we use genetics research to better understand basic biology. This course will create the solid foundation needed to be successful in the subsequent courses within the program.

This course is the required first course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.

You will learn

  • The structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes
  • How traits get passed down through generations
  • The fundamentals of molecular biology
  • The use of genetic methods to analyze protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease
  • Existing and emerging model organisms of genetic research


Kasia Bryc, Personal Geneticist, 23andMe

William Greenleaf, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Stanford University

Michael Snyder, Professor and Chair in Genetics; Certificate Academic Director, Stanford University

Barry Starr, Director, Outreach Activities; Certificate Program Director, Stanford University

Ruth Tennen, Lecturer, Stanford University

Monte Winslow, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Stanford University

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*This certificate neither substitutes for, nor leads to, being board certified as a genetic counselor (ABGC) or clinical geneticist (ABMG)

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