MRC Harwell Institute


The Advance Team
+44 (0)1235 841438


08 Nov 2021


9:30 am - 4:30 pm


£250 per person (VAT exempt)

DNA to Disease: Genetics for Beginners

What is a gene? What is DNA? How do these make proteins? What goes wrong and causes disease in the human body? We will look at the genetic code, how this helps protein formation as well as how errors in DNA can lead to disease. This training course is tailored for those who are new to genetics, or who work alongside biologists in different disciplines.

Following this course, you will:

  • Understand the concept of DNA and how traits are inherited from one generation to the next
  • Understand what genes are and how they code for different proteins
  • Understand the role of different proteins in making different cell types
  • Understand some of the processes by which genetic disease can occur

Hourly Schedule

10:00 - 10:30
Registration, Orientation, Coffee, Icebreaker and H&S
10:30 - 12:30
DNA: The unit of inheritance
Studying the journey from DNA code to functional proteins
12:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:45
Genetic disease
Non-functional proteins and how disease can be caused by genetic changes
14:45 - 15:00
Tea and coffee break
15:00 - 16:00
Genes, alleles and dominance
Modification of the mouse genome
16:00 - 17:00
Tour (optional)
Mary Lyon Centre
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  • I really enjoyed the Genetics course that I attended and this has refreshed my knowledge of the topic

    2nd Mar 2020

  • Great use of workshops/activities alongside the slides

    2nd Mar 2020

  • Excellent balance between interactive activities and theory

    2nd Mar 2020

  • The course was really well presented and clear

    2nd Mar 2020

  • I found the course really engaging and super friendly

    2nd Mar 2020

  • Great day with good workshops!

    2nd Mar 2020

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