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DNA double helix

It was once thought that the genome that we inherit remains constant, and that evolution of the genome is a slow process. However, scientists have been learning more and more about how our genome responds to and is changed by our environment, sometimes rapidly. In this course we will see how these genomic changes may prevent or promote cancer.

This course is intended for high school science instructors as part of the Teaching the Great Diseases program.


This is an online course that will not meet on campus. Most course activities and interactions will occur asynchronously and online through Tufts Canvas, the university's learning management system. You can take this course from anywhere, as long as you have a reliable internet connection (broadband highly recommended).

Online courses are held to the same academic standards as campus-based courses and students can expect high levels of interaction with faculty and classmates. Online courses at Tufts are not self-paced, however they offer much more flexibility for students. Typically, course content is organized in a weekly structure, so students will be expected to login and participate regularly. However students can generally set their own schedule within each week as long as assignments and activities are completed on time.

Affiliated With:

  • School of Medicine - Public Health & Professional Degrees