Learn what a genome is and use this information to answer questions about biology, yourself, and the world around you.
Understand the role of the genome in individuals, families and all humankind
By exploring genomes, we can develop a more detailed biological understanding of ourselves. This course focuses on building your knowledge of the genome, including concepts of genetic inheritance and how traits are transmitted from one generation to the next.
You will learn the type of information the genome provides and the social and philosophical implications of genomes in the future. It’s encouraged, but not required, for you to have completed Why Biology Matters: Basic Concepts before this course.
What topics will you cover?
- Genetic of simple traits
- Genetics of complex traits
- Shared proportion of the genome
- Differences among human populations and our ancestors
- Future of selecting genome
When would you like to start?
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Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in genetics and learning more about human biology. This includes students and professionals in science, sociology, human evolution, and history.
Who developed the course?
Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university in Barcelona. In just 25 years, it has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe.
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