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?
Why take this course?
This course will take you behind the scenes to explore this emerging technology and its potential 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 clinicians and scientists who are using whole genome sequencing to shape decisions about patient care and appropriate treatments.
Who is the course aimed at?
You don’t need an in-depth knowledge of genetics, as this course will provide an overview of the basics. It is designed for anyone who wants to learn about whole genome sequencing, how it works and the impact it is having on healthcare.
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. Science undergraduates and non-specialists who want to learn more about sequencing and genomic medicine are also very welcome.
What will I learn?
The course will cover the following topics:
- The composition, structure and function of a genome.
- The process and the importance of DNA replication.
- Genomic variation and its connections with health and disease.
- The evolution of genome sequencing.
- The advent and the possibilities of next-generation sequencing.
- The preparation and processing of DNA samples in whole genome sequencing.
- The interpretation of genomic information for clinicians and patients.
- The limitations and challenges faced by current sequencing technologies.
- Additional, incidental and secondary findings from whole genome sequencing.
- The ownership, storing and sharing of genomic data.
- The impact of whole genome sequencing on healthcare in the future.
How will I learn?
You will learn alongside hundreds of other online learners during a designated three-week period, with an additional two weeks at the end to catch up if needed. During this time, you will develop your knowledge through textual content, video interviews, animations, discussion points and patient case studies. On completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to obtain a certificate of achievement.