The molecular building blocks of life

Living things are made from a dazzlingly complex arrangement of different molecules. Surprisingly, this vast diversity is achieved by a handful of fairly simple organic molecules. While many of these molecular building blocks are familiar, their biological roles are often misunderstood. In this course, we will define terms like amino acid, carbohydrate, and DNA and explain how they form the basis for all life on earth.

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Course plan

Lesson 1. Carbohydrates
Lesson 2. Nucleotides
Lesson 3. DNA
Lesson 4. Genetic Code
Lesson 5. Amino Acids
Lesson 6. Proteins
Lesson 7. Messenger RNA
Lesson 8. Ribosomes
Lesson 9. Transfer RNA
Lesson 10. Lipids
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  • Format
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  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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