MITxBio courses

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7.00x Introduction to Biology – the Secret of Life

Professor Eric Lander

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The next Competency Exam runs the week of February 14, 2023.

Explore the secret of life through the basics of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA, genomics and rational medicine.

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We have an exciting opportunity associated with 7.00x: Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life. We offer a thorough and robust means of certifying edX learners in their mastery of the MITx introductory biology content, through the MITx 7.00x Introduction to Biology Competency Exam.

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7.03.1x Genetics: The Fundamentals

Professors Michael Hemann and Peter Reddien

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x Introduction to Biology

Opening for self-paced learning on January 3. The current run is ending on December 20, 2022.

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How do we study heredity?


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7.03.2x Genetics: Analysis and Application

Professors Peter Reddien and Mary Gehring

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x Introduction to Biology and 7.03.1x Genetics

Opening on January 10, 2023 for self-paced learning.

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How do we apply genetics?


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7.05x Biochemistry: Biomolecules, Methods, and Mechanisms

Professor Michael Yaffe

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x Introductory Biology

The current instructor-paced run started on September 20, 2022. The Competency Exam runs during December 2022.

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Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through biochemistry.


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7.06.1x Cell Biology: Transport and Signaling

Professors Rebecca Lamason and Iain Cheeseman

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x, 7.03x, and 7.05x

The course opens again in January 2023 for self-paced learning!

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How do we know what we know about cells? Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through cell biology.


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7.06.2x Cell Biology: The Cytoskeleton and Cell Cycle

Professor Iain Cheeseman

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x, 7.03x, 7.05x, and 7.06.1x

This course opens again in January 2023 for self-paced learning!

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How do we know what we know about cells? Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through cell biology.


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7.06.3x Cell Biology: Cell-Cell Interactions

Professors Rebecca Lamason and Sebastian Lourido

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x, 7.03x, 7.05x, 7.06.1x, and 7.06.2x

This course started on November 1, 2022!

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How do we know what we know about cells? Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through cell biology.


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7.28.1x Molecular Biology: DNA Replication & Repair

Professors Stephen Bell and Tania Baker

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x, 7.03x, and 7.05x

The course starts again on January 17, 2023 as instructor-paced (assignment due dates).

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An in-depth adventure through DNA replication and repair to strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills.

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7.28.2x Molecular Biology: Transcription & Transposition

Professors Stephen Bell and Tania Baker

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x, 7.03x, 7.05x, and 7.28.1x

The course opens for self-paced learning on January 17, 2023.

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Strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills in this adventure through transcription and transposition.


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7.28.3x Molecular Biology: RNA Processing & Translation

Professors Stephen Bell and Tania Baker

Recommended prerequisites: 7.00x, 7.03x, 7.05x, 7.28.1x, and 7.28.2x

The course opens self-paced learning on January 17, 2023.

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Strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills in this adventure through RNA processing and translation.


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7.QBWx Quantitative Biology Workshop

MIT Department of Biology

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This course is available self-paced learning. Registration for the January 2023 run will open soon. The course uses MATLAB, R, and Python 3.7 and has a verified track single-cell gene expression learning sequence.

A workshop-style introduction to tools used in biological research. Discover how to analyze data using computational methods.