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The Chemistry of Life

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13 weeks
49 USD
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13 weeks
49 USD
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Course description

The Chemistry of Life

Chemistry and biology are traditionally taught as separate subjects at the high school level, where students memorize fundamental scientific principles that are universally accepted. However, at the university level and in industry, we learn that science is not as simple as we once thought. We are constantly confronted by questions about the unknown and required to use creative, integrated approaches to solve these problems. By bringing together knowledge from multidisciplinary fields, we are empowered with the ability to generate new ideas. The goal of this course is to develop skills for generating new ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology by analyzing pioneering studies.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


None. Knowledge of basic junior high school science is recommended.

Training content

  • Unit 1: Understanding Chemical Structures
  • Unit 2: Writing and Synthesizing DNA
  • Unit 3: DNA/RNA Applications
  • Unit 4: Idea Generation Techniques
  • Unit 5: Writing Amino Acids
  • Unit 6: Writing and Synthesizing Proteins
  • Unit 7: Combinatorial Chemistry & Chemical Genetics
  • Unit 8: Fluorescent Molecules for Tracking Biology
  • Unit 9: Fluorescent Proteins for Tracking Biology
  • Unit 10: Review of Ideas
  • Unit 11: Ideas for Fooling Sugars and Fats
  • Unit 12: Ideas for Fighting against Cancer & Virus
  • Unit 13: Review of Ideas

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Kyoto University, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$49
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • How to generate ideas for research and business
  • How to read and write chemical structures
  • How to use chemistry for biology
  • How to control biological events by chemical means
  • How to integrate chemistry and biology

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