Genome Sequencing online course welcomed

A free online course starting Monday on Whole Genome Sequencing, which will allow healthcare professionals to read the genetic codes of patients, is welcomed by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.

Led by Dr Anneke Seller, participants will be taken behind the scenes to explore this emerging technology and its promises to revolutionise healthcare around the world.

They will be given a unique insight into modern genetics laboratories and state of the art sequencing facilities, led by clinical scientists who are using whole genome sequencing to shape decisions about patient care and appropriate treatments.

They will also be introduced to the fundamental basics 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’.

The NHS course will cover a range of case studies and scenarios where whole genome sequencing is having a profound impact on healthcare and life decisions. Participants will be introduced to England’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project and its potential impact on how we understand and care for patients with rare diseases and cancer. They will also discover how genomics is being used in epidemiology and helping us tackle infectious diseases.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • 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.

The free, fully flexible online course, which starts Monday 12 March, is delivered over three weeks but 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 and members of the public.

Watch the Nursing in the Genomic Era YouTube video to find out more about Genomics.

Learn how whole genome sequencing works and what it could mean for the future of healthcare with this free online course. For more information or to enroll please visit the course page.