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Disease outbreaks are still a big problem in our modern world. Comparison between two or more bacterial genomes can help improve understanding of the causes of pathogenicity and outbreaks of disease caused by bacteria. On this course you will learn how to use the free Artemis Comparison Tool (ACT). Developed at the Welcome Sanger Institute, ACT will help you to visualise the comparison of genomes and analyse the results.

  • Introduction to Comparative Genomics and Artemis Comparison Tool (ACT)
  • Working with
  • ACT
  • Peer-reviewed project

This course would benefit those interested in learning how to use tools to investigate and research bacterial genomes, and acquire bioinformatics skills to evaluate the role of microbial genes in disease. Learners will gain experience in comparative genomics, using the Artemis Comparison Tool to probe, visualise and compare genomes, and analyse the results.

This course will be of interest to anyone interested in microbiology, including undergraduates, post-graduates, biomedical researchers, microbiologists, bioinformaticians, teachers, and healthcare professionals.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Explain the advantages of comparative genomics
  • Explore basic tools of the Artemis Comparison Tool (ACT)
  • Interpret results from already generated comparison files
  • Produce new comparisons and analyse results
  • Develop hypothesis based on results observation

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