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Molecular Foundations of Medicine

About This Course

This course contains selected topics that will help participants understand applications of molecular biology in medicine. Topics include reading the primary literature, DNA recombination, gene expression, genomics, and molecular techniques such as polymerase chain reaction and CRISPR. The materials consist of short videos linked to questions that help participants evaluate their understanding of the material.


None. Participants should be able to fill gaps in their knowledge by simple web searches.

Course Staff

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Gilbert Chu

Gilbert Chu is a Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Stanford University. He has taught at Stanford since 1987 and has received several teaching awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment?

No, this is a self-paced course for participant education. The questions are designed to help participants gauge their own learning.

Are any additional textbooks or software required?

No. Some references to additional material are provided in the videos.