Whole Genome Sequencing: What is whole genome sequencing used for now?

This video explores a number of the fascinating ways in which whole genome sequencing is being used today.

You will hear from experts in various fields including cancer, diabetes and infectious disease, and learn about the specific ways in which whole genome sequencing is making a difference to patients.

These include:
Enabling Public Health England to better and more quickly classify pathogens such as salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, and TB as well as identifying drug resistance and looking at transmission patterns in order to bring outbreaks to a close.

Helping organisations such as the World Health Organisation by tracking the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola in real time.

Identifying the genetic causes of previously undiagnosed and often serious rare diseases.

Better classifying types of diabetes and allowing a small group of patients to switch from insulin injections to tablets.

Allowing researchers to make new links between genes and cancer susceptibility, which will mean better classification of cancers, better treatment for patients, and more accurate disease prediction.

These examples show the great potential of whole genome sequencing, and we will explore some of these in more detail as we continue through the course.

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

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.

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.

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