Mapping the Human Genome

Our DNA is more complex than we had ever imagined. But, what’s more is that our own genetic map is as varied as can be, with no two humans carrying an identical makeup. This course will investigate the discovery and dissection of the human genome, reviewing how science is learning more than ever before about who we are and how we’ve come to be. And, we’ll come to see just how much of you is shared by others and how much is wholly unique.

Featuring subject matter expert

Tom Whipple
Tom Whipple

Science Editor at The Times

Tom Whipple joined The Times in 2006. As a science correspondent, he writes science news and features across the paper.

Can you explain the idea that all humans today are descended from just a few individuals in our distant past?

One of the things that you can tell about humans is that we are all very close to each other, surprisingly close to each other.

Oliver Moody
Oliver Moody

Science correspondent at The Times

Oliver Moody has been The Times’ science correspondent since 2015. His particular interests are in biology, medicine, artificial intelligence, and behavioural economics.

Adam Rutherford's recent book 'A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived' explains that we are all descended from just a few people of the distant past by virtue of the fact that we're still alive. Can you explain this further?

Looking at the Bronze Age about 3,000 years ago, you can trace the ancestry of most people in modern Europe to a few extremely randy Bronze Age warlords!

Course Overview

  • Unpack the Human Genome Project, which has new fields of genetic research and new technologies.
  • Discover genomes 50 times longer than that of humans, like that of the Paris japonica and other plant species.
  • Learn that 2% to 4% of our genome is descended from Neanderthals.
  • Follow CRISPR and similar technologies, which have paved the way toward designer babies and human clones.
Course content
  • 7 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement

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