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Directed evolution, a method used in protein engineering, is used to produce enzymes with many unique properties. The method mimics the process of natural selection to evolve proteins or nucleic acids toward a user-defined goal. The whole process is divided into two parts – mutagenesis of the gene encoding the enzyme to produce a library of variants, and selection of a particular variant based on its desirable catalytic properties.

The [course_title] course focuses on the process of Directed evolution and analyses the enzymes types that are worth evolving. You will learn the methods that are used for library generation and enzyme selection. The enzymes that are used in the synthesis of drugs and biotechnological applications will also be focused on the course.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: MIT

Course Curriculum

Introduction 00:10:00
Library generation by point mutation 00:15:00
Library generation by recombination 00:15:00
Alternative methods for library generation 00:15:00
Enzyme evolution by genetic complementation 00:10:00
Enzyme evolution by chemical complementation 00:20:00
Enzyme evolution using phage display 00:15:00
Enzyme evolution using bacterial cell surface display 00:10:00
Enzyme evolution using yeast surface display 00:10:00
Enzyme evolution using ribosome display 00:15:00
Enzyme evolution by in vitro compartmentalization 00:15:00
Alternative methods for enzyme/catalyst design 00:20:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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