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Genetic Engineering Courses

Enroll in online genetic engineering courses from top institutions and universities on edX today!

What is Genetic Engineering?

Genetic engineering goes directly into a cell's genes to manipulate genetic material for a specific purpose. For example, we've got a particular crop dying from a disease, and gene editing makes it immune. We've got animals that don't do well in the extreme heat, but selective breeding (an old school type of genetic engineering) slowly produces herds that can withstand it. We're even testing specific types of gene therapy to help with illnesses and diseases that plague humanity. If you have genetic markers for certain types of cancer, for example, gene therapy could help ensure it never develops. Genetic modifications range from simple herd maintenance to complex forms of GMO crops. Humans have been manipulating genes for generations, but we're now able to get down to the root of what causes our issues. With genetic advancements, we may soon unlock the very secrets of disease and aging itself. It's an exciting time to be in research.

Learn about Genetic Engineering

Building a career in genetic engineering begins with a fundamental understanding of biology and biological research. While you don't start out majoring in gene editing, for example, you do build up your toolkit for analysis through a fundamental understanding of biology. Courses designed to help you master these concepts and introduce you to proper research methods can ignite your career. You'll gain an understanding of the research process and what issues are the hottest research questions today.

Genetic Engineering Courses and Certifications

edX can help you get on track for this specialty with courses designed in partnership with institutions on the cutting edge of genetic research. MIT has a course to introduce the principles of synthetic biology or using the genetic makeup of substances to build biological tools used in therapies and cures. You'll understand the regulation of gene expression, build biological circuits, and apply those to things like the human genome for innovative medicines. Cornell offers not only an introduction to the principles of genetic modification but also the politics that govern the research. You'll understand how scientists use direct manipulation of a DNA sequence to build new types of foods and how that genome research could shape the world's food supply. You'll understand the boundaries of gene targeting and how the use of genetic engineering is reported within the scientific community and public at large.

Find Breakthroughs with Genetic Engineering

DNA molecules, single genes, and other types of genetic materials are responsible for traits we desire and despise in everything from our food supply to our own bodies. Genome editing and genetic engineering techniques could give us better control over things that diminish our quality of life and allow us to overcome the environmental challenges of feeding a growing world population. Genetic diseases may soon be a thing of the past. With advances in molecular biology and a better understanding of how our genetic makeup determines our life, an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding this type of research could put you on a path to finding the next big breakthrough in drug administration or human disease therapies. The United States and the world are currently searching for solutions. Using particular genes and their expressions, you could be the scientist that provides them.