Genes, Health and Society
DNA profiles of fourteen unrelated individuals. The green, blue and yellow bands show some similarities and some differences between individuals. The red bands are size markers.
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Genes, Health and Society is an interactive, asynchronous web-based course that explores the fields of genetics and genomics. It consists of three discrete modules, each designed to stand alone as an independent unit: Transmission Genetics; The Nature of Genetic Material; and Medical Genetics and Genomics. Within each module, learners are challenged with self-assessment questions and problems, and receive feedback customized to different responses. Other important features include an interactive course notebook, supplementary resources in the form of “Side Trips,” and related video, slides and animated demonstrations.
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Genes, Health and Society is available for professional development credit, and also may be completed for three hours of graduate credit. The course currently is available free-of-charge to all Baylor College of Medicine students and employees, and to Houston Independent School District teachers. Users from these organizations should contact the Center for Educational Outreach (see below) to obtain an access code.
Course participants should have some experience with basic chemistry and introductory biology before enrolling. Please contact the Center for Educational Outreach to purchase individual or group access to Genes, Health and Society, and to find out how to obtain graduate credit for completing the course. Each module may be purchased and completed separately. (Please note, once a user has registered and begun the course, no refunds will be issued.)
- Unlimited subscription, single user, all three modules: $550.
- Unlimited subscription, single user, one module: $200.
- Additional fees and requirements apply if graduate credit is desired.
Please contact the Center for Educational Outreach for more information.
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Learn about the role of genetic variation in human disease, and how genetics/genomics studies have changed our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disease. (20 contact hours)
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Explore the molecular structures and mechanisms that encode, replicate and translate the human genome into physical characterics, as well as advances in genomics. (20 contact hours)
Examine classic Mendelian genetics, principles of heredity, methods used to predict the heritability of a given trait, the nature of science and the process of scientific inquiry. (20 contact hours)
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