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How Does the Body Use DNA as a Blueprint?

How does DNA work? Gain a fascinating introduction to the basics of molecular biology and how DNA code actually works.

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How Does the Body Use DNA as a Blueprint?
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Examine DNA code and how it helps our bodies to repair and regulate themselves

Every part of the body is made according to a code that is carried in the body’s cells. This code is called DNA, and knowing how it works is fundamental to understanding the human body.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the basics of molecular biology, answer the question ‘what is DNA?’ and learn how DNA structure works inside the human body.

You’ll find out what DNA code represents, how it creates proteins inside the body, and what key molecules are involved. You’ll also learn how these molecules communicate and interact with each other inside the body.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are the key molecules involved in molecular biology?
  • The role of reproduction in producing an individual’s DNA code
  • What does the DNA code represent?
  • Using the DNA code to create proteins
  • How do molecules within the body communicate with one another?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Summarise the structure and relevance of DNA
  • Describe the processes involved in reproduction at a molecular level that result in an individual’s DNA
  • Describe the key molecules involved in protein synthesis
  • Explain and compare the different stages of protein synthesis
  • Summarise the key principles involved in molecular signalling

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in molecular biology and how DNA code works.

Existing knowledge of components of the body is not essential but you may find it useful to complete What is the Body? if you are completely new to biology.

Who will you learn with?

I am a senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen. My main areas of interest are research methods and postgraduate skills development. I have a particular interest in digital learning

I am a Research Assistant at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen. I work alongside researchers in the Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health.

I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen. I am currently researching genetic factors that influence joint health and arthritis.

Who developed the course?

University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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