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Biology for Voters

Each year, voters are asked to make decisions on ballot initiatives on matters of biology, medicine, agriculture, the environment. Enroll in this course to learn how biology and your vote are connected.

Cost: Free


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About this Course Science plays a crucial role in your decisions as you go about your daily life. The representatives you elect and the legislation you vote on influences science legislation, limits and funding. This class will teach you fundamentals of modern biology to help you make more informed voting decisions. As you learn the fundamentals of Biology, we'll explore the scientific issues sparking political debate: Genetically modified food and genetically modified crops Genetically modified organisms Evolution vs. creationism Reactions to pandemic disease The risks and benefits of vaccination Obesity and health care costs How extinctions impact the planet Space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life Cancer research funding Aging Sexual behavior We look forward to engaging course discussions about how each vote in a democracy affects the way biology functions in your everyday life.


  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Fyodor Urnov, Jasper Rine
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: EdX

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About EdX: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

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