Understanding DNA: From Genotype to Phenotype

Genetics is a fascinating albeit sometimes bafflingly complicated subject. Using real-world, commonplace examples of complex genetic phenomenon we will go beyond the classic recessive vs. dominant understanding of inheritance.

Locations: Burlingame, San Mateo, Palo Alto

Cost: $110/hr

Recommended hours: 9-12


  • Cover the basic to advanced forms of genetic inheritance.
  • Understanding pedigrees.
  • Gain an understanding of natural and man-made selection.
  • Understand domestication of animals.
  • Explain how one might theoretically create a unicorn.

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251/ (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

Gaining even a basic understanding of genetics can be a challenge due to the complexity of the subject and often the need for prior knowledge to even know where to start. In this course we will break down the barrier to entry for genetics. In a series of engaging lessons, we will use familiar examples of real-world genetic variation and forms of inheritance, such as hamster fur colors and differences between dog breeds. There will also be a creative element to this course, as students apply their knowledge of natural genetics to fun hypothetical scenarios, like how we could realistically create a unicorn.

There will be an emphasis in this course about how natural environments or direct human manipulation can alter the evolution of species over time and the rate of this change. By focusing on commonplace phenomena such as animal domestication and predator-prey interactions, students will come away with an understanding of how genetics shapes the world around us.

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