Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: How Life Works, Part 1
Learn about biochemistry
This course is based on The Great Courses series of lectures by Prof. Kevin Ahern of Oregon State University. Part 1 will cover the first 23 lectures, concerned with biochemistry. We will view and discuss two half-hour lectures each session. The course will cover topics including amino acids, proteins, ATP and energy transformation, carbs and fats, hormones, neurotransmitters, and many others. This will provide the background for Part 2, planned to be offered in the fall, comprising the final 13 lectures on molecular biology and covering topics such as DNA, RNA and protein building, as well as genetic diseases and cancer. Craig Stephan is a retired industrial physicist who has led many previous OLLI courses including The Science of Climate Change, Cosmology, The Aging Brain, Music and the Brain, and Astrophysics. The course will bring in UM experts from time to time to answer questions. See www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/biochemistry-and-molecular-biology-how-life-works.html. The Study Group for those 50 and over led by Craig Stephan is held Tuesdays March 3 through May 26.
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