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Explore whole genome sequencing on 22 May

Join our FutureLearn course to explore behind the scenes of this emerging healthcare technology

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?

Starting on Monday 22nd May, the Genomics Education Programme’s online course explores the ins and outs of whole genome sequencing and features interviews with leading scientists and medics working at the forefront of this new technology.

Led by Dr Anneke Seller, the GEP’s Scientific Director, the course has been developed to give learners an insight into how whole genome sequencing works as well as its varied uses within healthcare – from personalised treatment of cancer to cutting edge ‘walking labs’ tackling Ebola and Zika. Participants in the course will learn more about the processes of sequencing the genome and interpreting results for patients through real life case studies in cancer, rare disease and infectious disease – including stories of participants taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Feedback from those who completed the course has been very positive, with many recommending it to others:

“A wonderful course – something that every patient and clinician should find time to do.”

“The course has provided me with a much better understanding of the possibilities that whole genome sequencing offers in terms of improving healthcare provision and in particular the ability to offer/provide more targeted treatments to individuals.”

The course runs across three weeks, broadly separated into ‘The Fundamentals of Genomics’, ‘Sequencing the Genome’ and ‘Application in Healthcare’. As with all FutureLearn courses, learning is through a range of articles, videos, animations and discussion forums, and there is the opportunity to engage with experts and other learners throughout the course. It will also be possible to download a completion certificate as evidence of participation.

Enrolment is free and the course is open to anyone with an interest in genomic medicine who would like to learn more about how the technology works and its potential to benefit patients.

For more information or to enrol please visit the course page.