Figure showing DNA and histone proteins packaged into chromosomes.

DNA and histone proteins are packaged into structures called chromosomes. (Image courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.)


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This course discusses the principles of genetics with application to the study of biological function at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. The topics include: structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes, biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection, population genetics, use of genetic methods to analyze protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease.

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Chris Kaiser, Gerald Fink, Leona Samson, and Michelle Mischke. 7.03 Genetics, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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