Main Profile

At A Glance

RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting.To understand and treat any disease with a genetic basis or predisposition, scientists and clinicians need effective ways of manipulating the levels of genes and gene products. Conventional methods for the genetic ...

Start Date: Sep 01, 2004 Topics: Literature, Biology
Cost: Free

Contact

RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics's Full Profile

Overview

Description

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting.To understand and treat any disease with a genetic basis or predisposition, scientists and clinicians need effective ways of manipulating the levels of genes and gene products. Conventional methods for the genetic modification of many experimental organisms are technically demanding and time consuming. Just over 5 years ago, a new mechanism of gene-silencing, termed RNA interference (RNAi), was discovered. In addition to being a fascinating biological process, RNAi provides a revolutionary technology that has already changed the way biomedical research is done and that may even prove useful for genetic interventions in a clinical context. In this course, students learn how RNAi was discovered, how it works, and what its physiological relevance might be. How RNAi can be harnessed to modulate gene expression and perform genetic screens, both in cells and in various organisms is also covered. Finally, this course examines the first attempts to use RNAi for the treatment of models of human diseases in experimental animals.

Details

  • Dates: Sep 01, 2004 to Dec 20, 2004
  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Dr. Andrea Ventura, Dr. Stephane Kissler
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: MIT OCW
  • Topics: Literature, Biology

Provider Overview

About MIT OCW: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Latest Tweet

MIT OCW Offers Courses In: Science, English Language Arts

Questions about RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics

Want more info about RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics? Get free advice from education experts and Noodle community members.

  • Answer