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7.016 Introductory Biology provides an introduction to fundamental principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics for understanding the functions of living systems.

Taught for the first time in Fall 2013, this course covers examples of the use of chemical biology and twenty-first-century molecular genetics in understanding human health and therapeutic intervention.

The MIT Biology Department Introductory Biology courses 7.012, 7.013, 7.014, 7.015, and 7.016 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.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome; Introduction and Course Organization Unlimited
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Interactions; Lipids and Membranes Unlimited
  • Structures of Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins Unlimited
  • Enzymes and Metabolism Unlimited
  • Carbohydrates and Glycoproteins Unlimited
  • Nucleic Acids Unlimited
  • Replication Unlimited
  • Transcription Unlimited
  • Chromatin Remodeling and Splicing Unlimited
  • Translation Unlimited
  • Cells, The Simplest Functional Units Unlimited
  • Genetics 1—Cell Division and Segregating Genetic Material Unlimited
  • Genetics 2—Rules of Inheritance Unlimited
  • Genetics 3—Linkage, Crossing Over Unlimited
  • Genetics 4—The Power of Model Organisms in Biological Discovery Unlimited
  • Recombinant DNA, Cloning, & Editing Unlimited
  • Genomes and DNA Sequencing Unlimited
  • SNPs and Human Genetics Unlimited
  • Cell Trafficking and Protein Localization Unlimited
  • Cell Signaling 1—Overview Unlimited
  • Cell Signaling 2—Examples Unlimited
  • Neurons, Action Potential, and Optogenetics Unlimited
  • Cell Cycle and Checkpoints Unlimited
  • Stem Cells, Apoptosis, and Tissue Homeostasis Unlimited
  • Cancer 1 Unlimited
  • Cancer 2 Unlimited
  • Visualizing Life—Dyes and Stains Unlimited
  • Visualizing Life—Fluorescent Proteins Unlimited
  • Cell Imaging Techniques Unlimited
  • Immunology 1—Diversity, Specificity, and B Cells Unlimited
  • Immunology 2—Memory, T Cells, and Autoimmunity Unlimited
  • Infectious Disease, Viruses, and Bacteria Unlimited
  • Bacteria and Antibiotic Resistance Unlimited
  • Viruses and Anti-viral Resistance Unlimited
  • Reproductive Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cells Unlimited

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