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Developmental Biology - Understanding Genetics and Embryogenesis

This free online course teaches how plant and animal research has benefited agriculture practices and improved health.

Publisher: NPTEL
This free online course in understanding genetics and embryogenesis is an indispensable area of study to understanding animal and plant evolution. You will investigate the formation of organisms and the processes needed to assist with maturity. The course delves into how the knowledge of plants and animal development is essential for cross-breeding and, ultimately, the sustainability of life as we know it.
Developmental Biology - Understanding Genetics and Embryogenesis
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    6-7 Hours
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In this course in understanding genetics and embryogenesis, you will learn about the building-blocks of anterior-posterior axis patterning in Drosophila (fruit fly); and a broad spectrum of processes involved in plant development. This course provides insight into the formation of a complete embryo from a zygote. You will learn about the different genes that give way to the fruit fly’s developmental structure and determine axes in the Drosophila embryo. This course will explain how this process occurs by providing a step-by-step case study with pictures to understand the subject area thoroughly. You will experience how small yet seemingly inconspicuous insects assist with plants’ development, and since plants produce the oxygen that we need to survive, this supports the human race. You will realise how complex the process is for the development of something as simple as an insect.

Next, you will examine in great details the development of plants and how they pollinate. You will investigate how both plants and animals share the chemical basis of legacy and genetic code interpretation. Plant development varies from that of animals in numerous and important ways; one of those differences is that plants are perpetually budding; animals, on the other hand, commonly have a limited time of growth. Plant development is an endless process starting with embryogenesis and the formation of the basic plant body. The growth in animals is diverse and more complex. This is because plants have a comparatively modest body design. You will learn how plant growth and development are steadily influenced by environmental conditions such as biotic and abiotic stress. These strains are the determinants that decide the yield and development of the crops resulting in a food deficit and compromise the food security of the planet. 

Finally, A-axis specification during Drosophila embryogenesis is a whole area of study to understand plant and animals. Scrutinising plants and animals’ primary life processes improves our intellectual life and enhances our understanding of other life processes. The effects of research on plant and animal systems also can teach us how to approach problems in agriculture, health, and the environment. It lets us know under what conditions they thrive best, how to care for them and aids scientists to observe the advantages and disadvantages of particular mutations. It is a needed area of study for cross-breeding to include traits or genes from one species or line into a new genetic background. This course is suitable for farmers, botanist, scientists and anyone with an inquisitive mind. Are you curious about how plants and animals develop? Why wait? Begin today and become more informed on how these processes work.

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