Which is more simply microbiology or biotechnology

Learn biotechnology with online courses: 6 selected MOOCs

These online courses explain biotechnology to you

Below we have6 professional video courses (MOOCs) that shed light on various aspects of biotechnology - from beginner to expert courses.

Depending on your previous knowledge and your interests, you will surely find suitable learning material here - just take a look at the MOOCs for yourself and learn flexibly and digitally about this exciting topic! (This post explains what a MOOC is.)


1) Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

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Provider: University of Maryland (via Coursera)

Lecturers: Professor Raymond Leger and Tammatha O'Brien

Duration and workload: 8 weeks, approx. 10-15 hours per week

Why is?

This versatile course gives you a basic understanding of genomics and explains the impact of these findings on human biology, evolution, medicine, legislation, and personal life choices.

What topics does the MOOC contain?

  • Module 1 gives an introduction to the principles and tools of genetics.
  • Module 2 explains comparative genomics and shows our genetic development as a human species.
  • Module 3 examines the role of genes in our behavior.
  • Module 4 conveys what epigenetics is all about and how environmental influences affect.
  • Module 5 introduces the concepts of genetic engineering.
  • Module 6 looks at the history of biotechnology and the role it will play now and in the future.

Who is the course for?

If you get a general overview about our genome, this course offers you a broad introduction.


2) DNA: Biology’s Genetic Code

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Provider: Rice University (via edX)

Lecturers: Dr. Elizabeth Eich and Dr. Daniel J. Catanese

Duration and workload: 6 weeks, approx. 4-6 hours per week

Why is?

In this course you will learn everything important about DNA (or DNA): How it is structured, how it multiplies and how you manipulate it.

Our genetic information is encoded in the DNA, which is passed on with every cell division and ensures our continued existence. The revolutionary discovery of DNA, its structure and the coding mechanism has fundamentally changed our basic understanding of life.

The course will teach you about DNA through video lectures, case studies, scientific publications, and molecular models.

What topics does the MOOC contain?

  • Week 1: Identification of DNA as genetic material, structure and characteristics, effects of variations in DNA length and sequence
  • Week 2: Analysis of the DNA packages, different forms of DNA, influence of epigenetic changes on gene expression
  • Week 3: Explanation of proteins involved in DNA replication, solutions to complications
  • Week 4: DNA strand synthesis, coordination mechanisms, nucleosome and telomerase function
  • Week 5: Cellular strategies to repair damaged DNA, methods of amplification, sequencing, analysis and cloning

Who is the course for?

This course is right for you if you are into the details learn about the structure and function of DNA want to understand the mechanisms involved at the molecular level.


3) Introduction to Genomic Technologies

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Provider: Johns Hopkins University (via Coursera)

Lecturers: Prof. Steven Salzberg, Ass. Prof. Jeff Leek

Duration: 4 weeks

Why is?

The course gives you one Introduction to modern genomics and experimental toolsused for investigation. You will learn the central dogma of molecular biology and understand how next-generation sequencing is used to study DNA, RNA and epigenetic patterns. You will also learn important bioinformatics and data processing concepts. This will give you a comprehensive understanding of how the data from next-generation sequencing experiments is obtained and analyzed. This MOOC is the first in the Coursera course series (Specialization) "Genomic Data Science".

What topics does the MOOC contain?

  • Week 1: genome, DNA sequence, central dogma, transcription, translation, DNA structure and modifications
  • Week 2: Measurement technology: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), next-generation sequencing and applications
  • Week 3: Fundamentals of computing technology, algorithms, memory and data structures, efficiency, software engineering, computational biology
  • Week 4: Processing of the data from the sequencing process, reproducibility, analysis, statistics, interference, prediction, variation, test design, sample amount, correlation, causality, degrees of freedom, etc.

Who is the course for?

This course is right for you, if you are interested in DNA sequencing and want to understand the basics of data acquisition and processing.


4) Principles of Synthetic Biology

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Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (via edX)

Lecturers: Prof. Adam Arkin, Prof. Ron Weiss

Duration and workload: 14 weeks, approx. 8-9 hours per week

Why is?

Synthetic biology is an innovative field that combines biology, biotechnology, computer science, process engineering, design and other disciplines to develop useful tools. The introductory course starts with a Synthetic Biology Overview and then covers challenging concepts. You will learn how to create your own biological control loops and find ways to apply these control loops to specific problems.

Starting with simple oscillators, through switches, bandpass filters and more sophisticated circuits based on these devices, you get an insight into what synthetic biologists construct. You will learn how these circuits are used in new and interesting use cases.

What topics does the MOOC contain?

  • Modern techniques for DNA construction and for the regulation of gene expression and protein activity
  • Create simple biological circuits
  • Principles for creating large biological circuits and regulatory networks
  • Simple ODE modeling of biological systems with MATLAB

Who is the course for?

If you want to learn how you create biological systems and program organisms to solve new tasks, this synthetic biology course is interesting for you. You should already have a basic understanding of biological systems, because the subject quickly becomes demanding!


5) Bioinformatic Methods I.

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Provider: University of Toronto (via Coursera)

Lecturer: Prof. Nicholas Provart

Duration and workload: 8 weeks, approx. 12-18 hours per week

Why is?

Large-scale projects such as the sequencing of the human genome or gene expression analyzes with microarrays have produced gigantic amounts of data. The Analysis of this data and the extraction of relevant information represent a challenge for science.

The course is very practical. You will learn to use the resources of bioinformatics, e.g. B. web-based programs and databases to use. The topics covered range from blast and multiple sequence alignments to phylogenetics and selection analyzes to metagenomics. The Bioinformatics II course, which builds on this course, then provides you with further knowledge of structural bioinformatics, gene expression analyzes and protein interaction networks.

What topics does the MOOC contain?

  • Week 1: NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), Blast-Search
  • Week 2: Comparative Genomics, Various Blast Searches
  • Week 3: Multiple sequence alignments with Clustal, DiAlign and MAFFT
  • Week 4: review and test
  • Week 5: Phylogenetics
  • Week 6: selection analysis
  • Week 7: Next Generation Sequence Analysis (RNA-Seq) / Metagenomics
  • Week 8: repetition and final exam

Who is the course for?

The course gives you one Overview of the numerous bioinformatics toolswhich are now available. You should already have a basic understanding of molecular biology, but programming knowledge is not required. If you are aiming to study life sciences or molecular medicine, this course is particularly interesting for you.


6) Industrial Biotechnology

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Provider: TU Delft (via edX)

Lecturers: Isabel Arends, Sef Heijnen and others

Duration and workload: 8 weeks, approx. 8 hours per week

Why is?

Fossil fuels contribute to climate change, which is why the use of renewable energies is becoming more and more important. With the help of special microorganisms we can in industrial biotech processes convert organic waste into biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels.

What topics does the MOOC contain?

This MOOC offers you insights and tools to develop biotechnological processes sustainably. Experienced lecturers will teach you the basics of industrial biotechnology and explain how to set up fermentation processes for the production of fuels, chemicals and food. You will learn how to develop your own biotechnological processes and evaluate their performance and sustainability.

Who is the course for?

If you want to learn how one Energy production based on biological substances is possible and you are enthusiastic about global issues of sustainability, this course is just right for you. You should have school knowledge of mathematics and a basic understanding of biochemistry and biology.


Intro to the MOOC about "Industrial Biotechnology"

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