Developmental Biology OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Biology Course on Human and Animal Development

Published Feb 10, 2009

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Assess contemporary knowledge regarding animal development in 'Developmental Biology,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From evolution to current topics, including cloning, this course surveys development in several genera of animals. This free online course is offered both at the graduate and advanced undergraduate level and is ideal for those considering a bachelor's or master's degree in Biology.

Developmental Biology: Course Specifics

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Developmental Biology: Course Description

The goal of this OpenCourseWare is to reach an understanding of current perceptions and theories in the world of developmental biology. This course is presented in lecture format and utilizes a comprehensive reading list to illustrate its key concepts. Topics covered in this course begin with development and evolution. Other essential points include vertebrate development, embryonic left-right asymmetry, organogenesis, stem cells and cloning. A selected set of lecture notes will be included to introduce relevant terminology. Professors Martha Constantine-Paton and Hazel Sive teach this OpenCourseWare and provide different project options for undergraduate and graduate students.

A thorough reading list, project assignments, selected lecture notes and exams are available online for free. More detailed information can be found on the Developmental Biology course home page.

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