Useful Genetics

November 14, 2013, 20:00 Coursera Learning Hub

On November 14, the Digital October Center will present the second Learning Hub at its facility, a program presented by the most well-known free online education project in the world: Coursera.

Courserians from Moscow will be able to meet with leading Russian experts in this area and learn from them how to practically apply their new-found knowledge alongside the online course.

To participate in this Learning Hub, first register for the course at

Then fill this Learning Hub application.

Learning Hubs are held at the Digital October Center with the support of Coursera. The dates and times of the lessons may change, though we will inform you in a timely manner of all changes made to the schedule via the participant mailing list.


Genetics are everywhere: in the newspapers, on TV, in doctors’ offices, in medicine, in the judicial system, in immigration laws. Even in shampoo! This completely new world has brought up unusual questions. How can genetic tests help you take care of your health? How much do you want to know about your genes? Is there anything it is better not to know? This course will teach you the basics of genetics and help you understand where they are applied in our everyday life.

About the course

Author: Rosemary Redfield (University of British Columbia)

Length: 5 weeks of 1.5-2 hour lectures, homework, and tests.

Course plan:

  • The basics of DNA, genes, chromosomes, and interaction between human populations
  • The reasons for and consequences of mutations
  • How mutations change the activity and function of genes affect the behavior of living organisms; mutation and cancer
  • Gender distinction and genes in the gender chromosomes; how natural variation and heredity is studied
  • Types of genome analysis and DNA fingerprinting; what they can tell us about health risks, personal characteristics, and our ancestors


Requirements for participants: No particular prior knowledge is required.

Course curator: Maria Shutova, PhD in biology, research worker in the human and animal epigenetics lab at the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics.


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