Self-paced JAX Online MiniCourse
Exploring Cancer: Biology and Inheritance
Discover the fundamental properties of cancer cells and explore the genetic basis, inheritance, risk factors and prevention of this disease.
This MiniCourse is self-paced and takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. At the end of the MiniCourse, you will be able to recognize the key features of cancer cells and discover the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to cancer risk and development. You will explore the different types of cancer inheritance and apply your new knowledge through a series of case studies. You can purchase a JAX digital badge credential and certificate. In order to purchase and display a JAX digital badge credential and certificate for this MiniCourse, you must complete the Core Lessons and take the Self-Review Quiz (scoring at least 70%).
Overview of cancer biology and hallmarks of cancer
Genetics and development of cancer
Driver and passenger mutations
Cancer inheritance: sporadic, hereditary and familial cancers
Hereditary cancer syndromes and case studies
Causes and prevention of cancer
Cancer research at JAX
This MiniCourse is designed to meet the needs of people who have an interest in learning about the basic biology, genetics and inheritance of cancer, including students, research staff, clinical personnel and the interested public.
As an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory leverages its unique combination of research, education and resources to achieve its mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in its shared quest to improve human health. We offer comprehensive educational programs for scientists throughout their careers, from high school students and teachers to researchers at all experience levels, and for clinical providers interested in incorporating genetics and genomics into their practices.
While we are not an accredited higher education institution, we offer a variety of education programs — including free non-credit bearing MicroLessons and MiniCourses, with optional digital badge credential and certificate for purchase — designed to educate current and future scientists and to provide critical resources, data, tools and services to researchers worldwide.
MiniCourse topics address both foundational content and the research areas in which The Jackson Laboratory has earned a reputation for scientific leadership and excellence.
- Audio speakers or headphones
- Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
- Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date browsers and high-speed internet connections for optimal system performance.
If you need technical support, please email: Online and Digital Education at The Jackson Laboratory.