Whole genome sequencing is a relatively new technology that allows us to ‘read’ a person’s or organism’s entire genetic code. But how does it work and what does it mean for all of us? How do scientists begin to make sense of the vast amount of information that whole genome sequencing provides? And what does this new technology mean for the future of healthcare and personalised medicine?
The course is aimed at healthcare professionals who have limited or no understanding of the sequencing process and the many varied uses of whole genome sequencing. You don’t need an in-depth knowledge of genetics, as this course will provide a recap on the basics.
The course covers topics such as the composition, structure and function of a genome, genomic variation and its connections with health and disease, the advent and the possibilities of next generation sequencing and also the limitations and challenges, and the ownership, storing and sharing of genomic data .
Starts again on 10th Sept ’18.
The course will run over three weeks, covering the fundamentals of genomics and going behind the closed doors of the lab to explore the sequencing and interpretation process and the benefits to patients. Multimedia content includes interview videos with leading genomics experts.
Complete at your own pace (9 hours)
To find out more: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/whole-genome-sequencing