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What is the best Life Sciences Course you have taken?


Hi everyone,

In parallel to Claire's data science and computer science threads, I thought I could start this one for Life Science enthusiasts here too. Any of you out there? 🙂

I have taken quite a few of really nice ones that I find hard to choose... 🤔 One of the top of my list would be Prof. Noor's Introduction to Genetics & Evolution Course. His enthusiasm for the course and amazing teaching ability were quite unique. He really helps you to grasp the difficult concepts with ease by sharing many examples while he also managed to make the students think by themselves too.

Similarly, I am very fond of Useful Genetics, Introduction to Breast Cancer, Understanding Metastasis, Understanding Prostate Cancer and Genes & The Human Condition courses too, particularly for their teaching material that is included. Useful Genetics and Introduction to Breast Cancer quiz questions and assignments also make you think deeper on the concepts you learn.

What would be your favorite life sciences course and why? I would love to hear.

Thank you.

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Denise, thanks for taking a lead expanding to cover Life Science.

My favorite is Gut Check! It opened up a whole world about our gut microbiome ecosystem that I was clueless. I just could get enough of it. So much so that I signed up as Mentor so that I can keep learning to keep myself healthy holistically and share the little that I can with other learners.
@ele81946 I heard so much about Gut Check, John. It's one of those courses that is listed on my to do list! I will try to fit it into my schedule as soon as possible. It seems our gut health is one of the most important factors to keep us healthy overall and fighting against many ailments. Thank you for sharing it with us and reminding me this famous course once again. I look forward to be mentored by you as well. 🙂
Gut Check is on my list of courses I'd like to take one day as well! It seems like researchers are only just beginning to realize how much this affects about the rest of the body and mind as well.
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Be mindful of the advances and what one has learned. Just when I got the idea from a few courses about the advantage of bio-diversity, then I stumble on this about that one needs to be aware that there are cases where diversity may cause instability of one eco-system

https://www.media.uzh.ch/en/Press-Releases/2018/Biodiversity.html

We have a lot to learn together, and to prepare ourselves of the quirks and hypes such as prebiotics, probiotics, and synbiotics. This is especially the case that many supplements are not regulated.

In short, a great course to start, and lots more to learn and put in practice.
Thank you John @ele81946 for letting us know about the caution on supplements and the interesting article you shared. That is so true about the supplements, we must check with our physicians as well as online about them I think before making the attempt to include them on our diets. At times, one supplement may be helpful for something while it might have side effects on another thing, just like any other medication. Yes, things seem to be unexpectedly linked together at times, scientists are discovering some new connection regularly. Just inline with your Gut Check course, look what I came across with: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-might-the-appendix-play-a-key-role-in-parkinsons-disease/ : Appendix, the house of gut bacteria, might be involved in Parkinson's disease, which is considered to be a neurological disorder! Who would have guessed?! 🙂 -Probably you John?! 🙂
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@Denise that Parkinson disease article is a good one to illustrate correlation, and not necessarily causality. I was thinking about who causality for that could be determined. I have not figure that one out yet. Since Parkinson disease is mostly with aging, the use of germ free mice to determine causality won't work. So I have a long way to go to earn your compliment:-)

Meanwhile, I continue to enjoy the Gut Check course with fellow learners. They bring new findings and perspectives every week!
Yes, you may be correct on causality @ele81946 on Parkinson's, John. Parkinson's is a very complex disease and very active area of research. They seem to discover more and more about our gut and brain connection, daring to call our gut as "second brain" interestingly 🙂 : https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-brain-gut-connection

I think with your involvement with Gut Check course from early on, you already earned my compliment! 🙂
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I've just added Gut Check to my course Wishlist! Why aren't there more hours in the day?
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I've completed 10 courses in the life sciences area (out of 14 courses overall), and I personally found them all interesting. Perhaps among my favourites would be
I learned a lot from these courses, and they were presented in a logic, easy way to understand. The teachers were friendly and seemed really enthusiastic about the topic especially in the last one mentioned above.
That is my question too @Pat B , lack of hours in a day!! 🙂 I am still trying to complete Human Physiology and yet to fit in Medical Neuroscience course as well. They both require quality time. I heard particularly great things about Medical Neuroscience both about the instructor and the lectures and their quizzes. So, Gut Check will wait a bit longer for me until after these ones. If only we had more hours in a day though to fit it all... 🙂
Thank you @Lillian for highlighting those courses as well. You sound very keen on Life Sciences area! I have not taken any of those yet either despite completing several other courses. You are way ahead of me! 🙂 I had my eye on vital signs and the anatomy of Abdomen for a while. I must find a way to fit them to my schedule too... Thank you for reminding me.
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Yes, I'm a Life Sciences fanatic, @Denise! 😉
Cool @Lillian ! That’s a cute expression on Life Sciences! LOL!

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