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2020: the year for whole genome sequencing in the NHS

Learn more about this new, revolutionary test with our free, flexible, online course, which explores how it works and how it can benefit patients

Under ambitious plans revealed as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, whole genome sequencing will for the first time be available as an NHS test under the new Genomic Medicine Service. But what is ‘whole genome sequencing’ (WGS)? How does it work, and how can it be used for patient benefit? Join our online course, starting 10th February, to find out.

Learn about diagnosis, treatment and management

Following a recap on the fundamentals of DNA, our course goes behind the closed doors of the laboratory to explore how this type of sequencing works and look at a number of real-life examples where whole genome sequencing is really making a difference.

You’ll hear from leading experts, including Professor Dame Sue Hill, England’s chief scientific officer, as well as scientists, clinicians and researchers working in oncology, rare disease and infectious disease. You’ll learn more about how the sequencer generates results, and the steps that are taken by various professionals to filter these results and try and find an answer for patients. There is also the chance to learn about WGS through the eyes of Claudia Beard and her family, who are part of the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project.

Prepare for the future

As well as showcasing current applications, the course is designed to encourage conversation and build your confidence in taking part in the debate around whole genome sequencing, which has never been more active.

We’ll consider how WGS might change things in the future, explore the development of new treatments and drugs, and think about some of the ethical considerations that arise when you can ‘read a person’s genome’.

Flexible, interactive learning

Our course kicks off on Monday 10th February. It runs across three weeks but is open and flexible, so you can take part and learn as quickly or slowly as you wish. The course can be completed at your own pace over a five-week period.

Learning is through a range of articles, videos, animations and discussion forums facilitated by expert mentors in real time – meaning it’s easy to ask questions and engage with other healthcare professionals, patients and members of the public who may be learning alongside you.

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