In this course we will discuss some basic biology of cells, the fundamental units of all living organisms, ranging from simple microbes to complex creatures like ourselves. After a brief overlook of the tree of life, we will discuss microorganisms, including those that inhabit our bodies. We’ll then explore the specializations that occur during human development, including the pivotal roles played by stem cells. Finally, we’ll discuss cancer, when normal cellular controls are broken.
ZOOM LINK: Sent to paid and registered members before the start of course.
INSTRUCTOR: Clare O’Connor received her PhD from Purdue University and did postdoctoral research at Caltech and UCLA. She was a research scientist at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology for 11 years before becoming a faculty member in the Biology Department at Boston College. She taught courses in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology for 23 years before retirement.
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