Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Udacity Genetics Course Launching September 30th

Hi Udacity! Together with personal genetics company 23andMe, Udacity has developed an exciting new introductory course, Tales from the Genome, where you will take a journey into the biology of the human genome and learn basic genetics. Make sure to sign up for the course, which launches on September 30th, and share with your friends!




Although the whole course will be a learning extravaganza, Lesson 7 will be particularly handy when you want to read and understand genetic information available from personal genetics services such as 23andMe. We’re very excited to announce that 23andMe is offering a sweepstakes of 50 personal DNA testing kits for Tales from the Genome students! To be eligible, students must enroll in the course by October 31, 2013, and be based in the US. Winners will be announced on November 6, 2013. See the official rules here.


To be eligible, students must:

  • Sign up for an account at 23andMe.com (both free demo account and Personal Genome Service accounts are eligible);
  • Sign up for an account at Udacity.com using the same email address as 23andMe account;
  • Enroll in Udacity’s course, Tales from the Genome; and
  • Complete any two lessons and two problem sets in Tales from the Genome.  The participant must answer all quiz questions within any two lessons and all questions within any two problem sets correctly.  These problem sets do not need to correspond to the two lessons completed.  


Want to get started early with Tales from the Genome? You’re in luck, because course instructor Dr. Matt Cook has created a special bonus lesson, DIY Genetics: DNA Extraction in Your Kitchen. Grab a DIY buddy and get ready to get messy with DNA in your kitchen!


If you want more news from Tales from the Genome, be sure to follow Udacity’s Facebook page to see updates from Matt and check out our pre-launch Genomics photo album for behind-the-scenes fun.