What is a genome? What can you do with your genome? How can others use your genome? In this course, you will learn about the human genome, from how it is measured to what information it contains. You will have the opportunity to take a glimpse at your own genetic information and we will discuss the implications of this knowledge. Through this course, you will gain an understanding of the profound role that the human genome plays in your life and your future.
The Takeaway (what will you know 5 years from now… My hope for students upon completion of this course is the ability to discuss genetic concepts confidently with their colleagues, to know what can and can’t be done with their genetic information especially as reported by the popular press, and to use this information to guide them in making informed decisions in their own lives in years to come. And along the way, you will become empirically engaged.
Our objectives this semester...By the end of this course, you will have glimpsed at the foundation of life and you will:
Be able to describe and discuss the human genome and its utility in medicine and life
Become curious about the ways in which you and others can use your genome
Gain skills that will allow you to think about and interpret genetic data
Help others better understand the use of genetic information in their future