Sunday, December 5, 2010

7.012 Introduction to Biology [Fall 2004]

As taught in: Fall 2004

Electron micrograph showing transcription of ribosomal RNA genes.
Electron micrograph showing transcription of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes in the developing egg cell of the spotted newt. Fibers extending in clusters are molecules of rRNA used in the construction of cell's ribosomes. The long filaments indicated by green arrow are DNA molecules coated with proteins. RNA molecules get longer as transcription proceeds to completion as indicated by the red arrow. (Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory , U.S. Department of Energy. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of video lectures by Professor Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute at MIT and a principal leader of the Human Genome Project and Professor Robert A. Weinberg, winner of the 1997 National Medal of Science.
Education development efforts for these introductory biology courses are one of many activities conducted by the HHMI Education Group at MIT. This group focuses on curriculum development work for creating teaching tools in undergraduate biology courses.

Course Description

The MIT Biology Department core courses, 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014, all cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. Biological function at the molecular level is particularly emphasized and covers the structure and regulation of genes, as well as, the structure and synthesis of proteins, how these molecules are integrated into cells, and how these cells are integrated into multicellular systems and organisms. In addition, each version of the subject has its own distinctive material.
7.012 focuses on the exploration of current research in cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, genomics, and molecular medicine.


The study materials, problem sets, and quiz materials used during Fall 2004 for 7.012 include contributions from past instructors, teaching assistants, and other members of the MIT Biology Department affiliated with course #7.012. Since the following works have evolved over a period of many years, no single source can be attributed.

Video Lectures

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Biochemistry 1

Lecture 3: Biochemistry 2

Lecture 4: Biochemistry 3

Lecture 5: Biochemistry 4

Lecture 6: Genetics 1

Lecture 7: Genetics 2

Lecture 8: Genetics 3

Lecture 9: Human Genetics

Lecture 10: Molecular Biology 1

Lecture 11: Molecular Biology 2

Lecture 12: Molecular Biology 3

Lecture 13: Gene Regulation

Lecture 14: Protein Localization

Lecture 15: Recombinant DNA 1

Lecture 16: Recombinant DNA 2

Lecture 17: Recombinant DNA 3

Lecture 18: Recombinant DNA 4

Lecture 19: Cell Cycle/Signaling

Lecture 20: Cancer

Lecture 21: Virology/Tumor Viruses

Lecture 22: Immunology 1

Lecture 23: Immunology 2

Lecture 24: AIDS

Lecture 25: Genomics

Lecture 26: Nervous System 1

Lecture 27: Nervous System 2

Lecture 28: Nervous System 3

Lecture 29: Stem Cells/Cloning 1

Lecture 30: Stem Cells/Cloning 2

Lecture 31: Molecular Medicine 1

Lecture 32: Molecular Evolution

Lecture 33: Molecular Medicine 2

Lecture 34: Human Polymorphisms and Cancer Classification

Lecture 35: Human Polymorphisms and Cancer Classification

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