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MIT 7.012 Introduction to Biology - Fall 2004

The MIT Biology Department core courses, 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014, all cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. Biological function at the molecular level is particularly emphasized and covers the structure and regulation of genes, as well as, the structure and synthesis of proteins, how these molecules are integrated into cells, and how these cells are integrated into multicellular systems and organisms. In addition, each version of the subject has its own distinctive material.

7.012 focuses on the exploration of current research in cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, genomics, and molecular medicine.

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of video lectures by Professor Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute at MIT and a principal leader of the Human Genome Project and Professor Robert A. Weinberg, winner of the 1997 National Medal of Science.

Education development efforts for these introductory biology courses are one of many activities conducted by the HHMI Education Group Group at MIT. This group focuses on curriculum development work for creating teaching tools in undergraduate biology courses.


The study materials, problem sets, and quiz materials used during Fall 2004 for 7.012 include contributions from past instructors, teaching assistants, and other members of the MIT Biology Department affiliated with course #7.012. Since the following works have evolved over a period of many years, no single source can be attributed.

Course Homepage: 7.012 Introduction to Biology Fall 2004

Course features at MIT OpenCourseWare page:

Complete MIT OCW video collection at MIT OpenCourseWare - VideoLectures.NET

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thanx M I T its very useful lectures
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Comment3 Eden, May 18, 2009 at 10:37 a.m.:

Just wanted to say thank-you for a wonderful set of lectures, I'm only half way though watching them all, but so far they have provided me with an intriguing introduction to Biology which I other wise would not of been able to assatain. Thank again for sharing your work...*I would love to see lecture 25 though, but beggars can't be choosers*

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