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Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health

Health Education England via FutureLearn

Found in Health Care
  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 3 weeks long
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Overview

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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? How do scientists and clinicians begin to make sense of the vast amount of information that whole genome sequencing provides? And what does new sequencing technology mean for the future of healthcare and personalised medicine?

Learn how genome sequencing works

This course will take you behind the scenes to explore this emerging technology and its power to revolutionise healthcare around the world. You will be given a unique insight into modern genomics laboratories and state of the art sequencing facilities, led by the doctors and scientists who are regularly using whole genome sequencing to shape decisions about patient care and appropriate treatments.

You will be introduced to - or have a recap on - the fundamentals 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’.

Explore how whole genome sequencing affects healthcare

Throughout the course you will be introduced to a range of case studies and scenarios where whole genome sequencing is having a profound impact on healthcare, including in the fields of cancer, rare disease and infectious disease. You will also be given the most up to date information about the transition to the new NHS Genomic Medicine Service in England and the way in which the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project has paved the way for this exciting new service.

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.

You don’t need an in-depth knowledge of genetics, as this course will provide a recap on the basics. It is designed for anyone who wants to learn about whole genome sequencing, how it operates and the impact it is likely to have on healthcare.

If you’re a healthcare professional, you may find it useful to upgrade this course to support your continuing professional development (CPD). By upgrading, you’ll be able to take this course at your own pace and revisit the material at any time in future. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement as evidence of your CPD. This includes details of what you learnt and the number of learning hours required.

Taught by

Samantha Butler, Michelle Bishop and Anneke Seller

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