You can learn all about whole genome sequencing with the Health Education England Genomic Education Programme’s online course, 'Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health'.
The three week course covers the fundamentals of genomics and looks at the processes of sequencing and interpreting results for patients through a series of articles, videos, animations and discussions with leading genomics experts.
This course will take you behind the scenes to explore this emerging technology and its promises to revolutionise healthcare around the world. You will be given a unique insight into modern genetics laboratories and state of the art sequencing facilities, led by clinical scientists who are using whole genome sequencing to shape decisions about patient care and appropriate treatments.
You will be introduced to the fundamental basics of DNA and genetic variation, before exploring the process of whole genome sequencing and the ways in which the resultant data can be analysed and used to benefit patients. Leading scientists and genomics experts will explore the potential and limitations of this new technology, and the ethical questions that arise when we can ‘read a person’s genome’.
Enrolment is free and the course is open to anyone with an interest in genomic medicine. The course starts on 19 september and you can enrol on the FutureLearn website.