An introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, including illustrations and basic explanations of genetics concepts.


Course Curriculum

1. Cells and DNA
What is a cell? 00:30:00
What is DNA? 00:30:00
What is mitochondrial DNA? 00:30:00
What is a gene? 00:30:00
What is a chromosome? 00:30:00
How many chromosomes do people have? 00:30:00
2. Mutations and Health
What is a gene mutation and how do mutations occur? 00:30:00
How can gene mutations affect health and development? 00:30:00
Do all gene mutations affect health and development? 00:20:00
What kinds of gene mutations are possible? 00:30:00
Can changes in the number of chromosomes affect health and development? 00:30:00
What are complex or multifactorial disorders? 00:30:00
What information about a genetic condition can statistics provide? 00:30:00
How are genetic conditions and genes named? 00:30:00
3. How Genes Work
What are proteins and what do they do? 00:30:00
Can genes be turned on and off in cells? 00:45:00
How do genes control the growth and division of cells? 00:30:00
4. Gene Families
What are gene families? 00:00:00
Complement 01:00:00
Human leukocyte antigens 01:00:00
Mitochondrial respiratory chain complex 01:00:00
5. Inheriting Genetic Conditions
What does it mean if a disorder seems to run in my family? 00:00:00
If a genetic disorder runs in my family, what are the chances that my children will have the condition? 00:00:00
What are genomic imprinting and uniparental disomy? 01:00:00
What are the different ways in which a genetic condition can be inherited? 01:30:00
What are reduced penetrance and variable expressivity? 01:30:00
What is heritability? 01:30:00
6. Genetics and Human Traits
Are fingerprints determined by genetics? FREE 01:00:00
Is eye color determined by genetics? FREE 01:30:00
Is the probability of having twins determined by genetics? 01:30:00
Is height determined by genetics? 01:30:00
Is athletic performance determined by genetics? 01:30:00
7. Genetic Consultation
What is a genetic consultation? FREE 01:30:00
What is the prognosis of a genetic condition? 01:30:00
8. Genetic Testing
What is genetic testing? 01:30:00
How can I be sure a genetic test is valid and useful? 01:30:00
What are the benefits of genetic testing? FREE 01:30:00
How does genetic testing in a research setting differ from clinical genetic testing? 01:30:00
What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing? 01:30:00
How is direct-to-consumer genetic testing done? FREE 01:30:00
Can a direct-to-consumer genetic test tell me whether I will develop Alzheimer disease? FREE 01:30:00
9.Newborn Screening
What is newborn screening? 01:30:00
What happens if a newborn screening test comes back negative? 01:30:00
10. Gene Therapy
How does gene therapy work? 01:30:00
11. The Human Genome Project
What was the Human Genome Project and why has it been important? 01:30:00
12. Genomic Research
What are the next steps in genomic research? FREE 01:30:00
What is the International HapMap Project? 00:00:00
13. Precision Medicine
What is precision medicine? 01:30:00

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