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Introduction to Biology

By Prof. Eric Lander Prof. Robert Weingberg Dr. Claudette Gardel

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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.

Customer Reviews

great review and update

I have watched the first 12 lecture and really liking this course! I took some organic chemistry and one course in genetics in 1972. Because of this I can follow the course and learn a lot. There is a problem with the first lectures because you cannot see the slides he is projecting and discussing. It is still possible to follow the gist. The genetics lectures are very clear and wonderful. I only wish I could listen to the audio on my ipod nano, but it will not play without the video.

Love this course!

Very clear and concise teachers and very easy to follow. As stated before, some of the projector slides aren't visible, but still easy enough to understand the concept.

Genetics instructor is good; biochemistry instructor not so much.

There are two instructors for this lecture series. The first instructor who introduces the material and covers biochemistry is hard to follow without supplementary materials. He does not do a good job of explaining the concepts, and doesn't seem to understand how to educate effectively. The instructor who tackles genetics, however, is very competent. His use of narratives as well as his repetition of core concepts makes him much easier to follow.

I prefer to listen to the UC Berkley lectures on the basic biology concepts, especially because the course follows the Neil A. Campbell textbook of Biology--a book I believe is easy to follow and very useful.

Since the MIT and UC Berkley lectures are both free for download, I would recommend using both to get a robust understanding of these concepts.