All life on earth uses molecular information to develop diverse traits to adapt to a changing environment. Within this area, DNA, RNA, and protein play critical roles in how disease pathology manifests in human health. In this class, students will be taught the fundamental rules of molecular biology and how genetic information is shaped by its environment via epigenetic processes. In addition to this, we will discuss the tools and discoveries that have revolutionized the field and enabled researchers to ask new questions. Examples such as gene editing (ZNFs, TALENS, CRISPR, etc.), sequencing (Sanger, Illumina, Nanopore, etc.), and high throughput approaches to profile molecular phenomena (ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, etc.) will all be taught and discussed. Students will be expected to take part in several online discussions in class but also be taught how to use several online data repositories to receive a basic training in bioinformatic analyses.