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Bacterial Genomes: Accessing and Analysing Microbial Genome Data

Wellcome Genome Campus via FutureLearn

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Overview

Use computational tools to investigate microbial genomes

Applying increasingly powerful computation to genomics contributes to important medical breakthroughs.

On this course, you will discover the basic principles of microbial bioinformatics analysis, and comparative genomics. Using Artemis, a free genome browser, you will find out how to investigate whole bacterial genomes, and through the analysis of bacterial genes and proteins, you will explore the genomic features of pathogens.

By the end of this course, you will be able to use genomic data to increase your knowledge of microbial genomes.

This course would benefit those interested in learning how to use tools to investigate bacterial genomes, and acquire bioinformatics skills to evaluate the role of microbial genes in disease. Using analytical tools to access and probe genomes, learners will find out how to perform comparative analyses of genes and their protein products.

The course will be of interest to undergraduates, post-graduates, researchers, bioinformaticians, microbiologists, and healthcare professionals. The opportunity to use online computational tools to probe bacterial genomes will also be of interest to teachers and their 16-18-year-old science and computing students.

Bacterial Genomes: From DNA to Protein Function using Bioinformatics is a recommended pre-requisite. Scientific terminology is explained.

This course will give you an opportunity to learn about and use Artemis, a free genome browser and annotation tool. To run this software effectively, you will require a computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with 2GB RAM. The current version of Artemis requires version 1.11 of Java to run successfully. Java can be downloaded from this link.

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Dr. Anna Protasio

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Bacterial Genomes: Accessing and Analysing Microbial Genome Data Based on 14 reviews

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Oladeji S
Oladeji completed this course.
The course made microbial bioinformatics using a web browser a piece of cake! With guidance in the use of the designated web browser Artemis, I was taught how to identify the probable role of essential genes in the sequenced genome of a bacterial organism through the gene features. Now I can predict with confidence a pathogenicity island in a genome through its GC% content and start & stop codon feature amongst others. It is a course worth the time.
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Christian D
Christian completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Good for anyone who is interested in microbiology and is looking to further develop their skills. It is extremely useful since with the advance of technology one need to keep up. Their videos are very clean and useful to help you navigate through ARTEMIS. However, I do recommend to do the Bacterial genome: from DNA to protein function using bioinformatics as it builds the foundation, although is not a requirement.
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Kalema J
Kalema completed this course.
With home lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic, I chose to gain this new skill of Accessing and analysing microbial genome data with a genome browser Artemis. It's been an awesome experience learning this course that has infinite applications in Medicine and research. Surely I can now investigate bacterial genomes like I have been doing so for a while!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
- Great introduction, especially for people who don't have a background in any kind of computing or bioinformatics

- Mixture of teaching styles e.g. videos, articles... keep course interesting.

- Plenty of opportunities to practice the skills you learn.

- Mini projects, quizzes and tasks to test what you've learnt
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was centered on bacteria genomics and comparative genomics using Artemis, the EMBL and NCBI. great video aids and highly lucid way of describing complex subject matter like bioinformatics. Easy to follow regardless of your level of bioinformatics skills.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I feel like I've learnt lots on this curse and been able to apply what I've learnt in the activities set as part of the course. Also, there are clear instructions and video guides help to explain how to use the software that you download as part of the course.
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Hafeez A
Hafeez completed this course.
The course is really great! Well planned and detailed. It helped me to understand visualization and annotation of genome sequences using Artemis (among many other things). My journey into bioinformatics looks smoother after completing this country. I'm excited!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is very interesting course for people who interested in learning bioinformatic basics and to improve further. Either for bacterial or eukaryotic research, I suggest to take the course who is new to research and interested in bioinformatics.
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Samira H
Samira is taking this course right now, spending 40 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I need to study well to complete the course to being other courses of medical laboratory course and lam from Sudan and needed more course to learning because being worked so soon done
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I had never heard of Artemis before the course but at the end I was very happy with what I had learnt.Wonderful course materials and project. Very interactive and informative.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I had never heard of Artemis before the course but at the end I was very happy with what I had learnt.Wonderful course materials and project. Very interactive and informative.
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Nawel Z
Nawel completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was clear, the teachers were great, ive learnt a lot about the software Artemis, i wish everyone can take this course, many thanks.

Best wishes,

Nawel
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Nicolas B
Nicolas completed this course.
Fue un curso muy enriquecedor, aprendí como utilizar artemis, un navegador de genoma muy didáctico y afiance muchos conocimientos de bioinformatica
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Madueke N
Madueke completed this course.
I started off as a novice but now believe I can mentor someone to some extent. It is so resourceful and demystified.
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