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What is Molecular Biology?

Molecular biology is the study of proteins and nucleic acids and their role in the development, function, and replication of cells.

Online Molecular Biology Courses and Programs

Molecular biology focuses on DNA, RNA and protein synthesis in cells and is closely related to the fields of cell biology, genetics, genomics, and biochemistry. Online courses are available in all of these areas of study from top universities and institutions including Harvard, MIT, and Rice. Learn about the structure and function of macromolecules and how changes to the structure of DNA, RNA, and proteins can significantly impact the health of an organism. MIT’s Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life is an excellent introduction to the world of molecular biology and will establish a strong foundation for future studies. In Cell Biology: Mitochondria from Harvard, the focus is placed on the mitochondrion, the organelle that powers the cell, to give students a deep understanding of how things work within a cell. In Proteins: Biology’s Workforce from Rice, focus on proteins and their importance to the essential functions of all living organisms. Cells manufacture proteins and are the manifestation of genetic information. This 5-week online course explores the structure of proteins, the functions they perform and how to analyze them. In another course from Rice, DNA: Biology’s Genetic Code, explore molecular genetics with a deep dive into the structure of DNA and learn how genetic information is passed on within cells to next generations.