|DNA being repaired by an enzyme|
So I’m hugely looking forward to teaching a series of genetics courses for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). The plan is to cover all the material that a college-level genetics course would cover, but to do it in a way that makes the material accessible to students who aren’t in college and can’t commit to a massive course all at once. So I’m planning to teach four separate courses. They will be completely modular: you can take them in any order, or take some but not all of them. If they prove popular, I hope to continue to offer them in coming years, so that students can enter and leave the flow of classes without worrying that there won’t be another chance to take a particular class.
Anyways, the first class in this series is starting January 11, 2016, online at IAABC. It’s a course in molecular genetics — what is DNA, what are genes, how in the world do these tiny little molecules deep inside your cells code for processes that make you who you are? (And your dog who he is, and your horse who he is, and...) The topic list for the class is:
- the molecular structure of DNA
- DNA replication and mutations
- transcription of DNA to RNA
- translation of RNA to proteins
- protein structure and function
- genome sequencing
- variation between individual genomes
- genetic testing for disease (how it works, how reliable it is)
- new advances in gene editing
More info? Sign up? At IAABC.
Questions? Comments? Requests? Bring ’em on.