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Basic Molecular Biology Module 1: Basic Science


Molecular techniques have been widely used in clinical diagnosis, e.g., diagnosing disease, predicting disease course, and identifying infectious agents. This basic molecular biology course series will introduce the scientific background for molecular diagnosis, the principles of molecular biology laboratory practice, and common methods.

The basic-level eLearning course provides information on the fundamental characteristics of DNA and RNA, nucleotide base-pairing rules, and the basic techniques and workflow applied in molecular diagnostics.


This online course is designed for public health and clinical laboratory staff and persons interested in the basic science of molecular biology.


Course content is closed captioned, where applicable, and optimized for a screen reader.


 At the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Identify techniques in molecular diagnostics
  • Identify the workflow of molecular diagnostics
  • Predict the DNA sequences based on base-pairing rules
  • Differentiate the characteristics of DNA and RNA
  • Identify the process of DNA replication and RNA transcription
Continuing Education (CE)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

P.A.C.E. ® Course Number: 288-008-23