Explore Whole Genome Sequencing from 19th September

Decoding the Language of Life and Health online course will explore behind the scenes of emerging healthcare technology

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12th September 2016
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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? Starting Monday 19th September, the Genomics Education Programme will be exploring whole genome sequencing in the first of Health Education England’s courses in collaboration with the international online course platform Futurelearn. The course is designed for healthcare professionals with a limited knowledge of genomics and genome sequencing, who want to learn more about this new technology and the various ways in which it is being used in healthcare. Learners will gain an insight into how whole genome sequencing works, as well as its varied uses within healthcare – from personalised treatment of cancer to cutting edge ‘walking labs’ tackling Ebola and Zika. Participants in the course will learn more about the processes of sequencing the genome and interpreting results for patients through real life case studies in cancer, rare disease and infectious disease – including stories of participants taking part in the government’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project. With a recap on the fundamentals of genetics and real life case studies, the course is ideal for non-experts. For more information or to enrol on the course please visit

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