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Skip to 0 minutes and 16 secondsFor most of the 20th century, it was commonly believed that different groups of humans had evolved separately, in different regions, beginning about two million years ago. In 1987, groundbreaking research revealed that all living humans carried mitochondrial DNA in their cells that dated back to a single woman who had lived just 200,000 years ago. This woman was dubbed "mitochondrial Eve."

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Our resident scientist tells you his favourite genomics facts.

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This video is from the free online course:

The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine

St George's, University of London

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Welcome to Week 1
    Welcome to Week 1
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    In this video, Lead Educator, Dr Kate Tatton-Brown welcomes learners to the course and explains the course aims and outcomes.

  • Did you know?
    Did you know?
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    Our resident scientist tells you his favourite genomics facts.

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    This video describes how structural chromosome abnormalities occur when errors occur in recombination.

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    Responsibility in the genomic era
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    In this tutorial, you will hear from Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper on the concept of responsibility for health.