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Course Overview

Powerful new technologies have been driving forward immense and exciting changes in clinical practice. The days of peering down the microscope to detect chromosome abnormalities are gone, replaced by chromosome analysis at the genomic level. Invasive Down syndrome tests in pregnancy have made way for the evaluation of fetal DNA in maternal blood. And instead of laborious gene-by-gene targeted sequencing, we can now sequence all of our genes in parallel in a single experiment.

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Southern blotting
  • Multiplex ligation probe amplification (MLPA)
  • Array comparative genomic hybridisation (array CGH)
  • Karyotyping
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH)
  • Quantitative fluorescent PCR (QF-PCR)
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping and genome wide association studies (GWAS)
  • The extraction and analysis of cell free fetal DNA, including non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

This course is designed for scientists and healthcare professionals with an interest in obtaining a postgraduate-level understanding of molecular genomic techniques.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Demonstrate knowledge and applicability of the molecular principles behind PCR/Sanger sequencing; Next Generation Sequencing; MLPA/MS_MLPA; Southern blotting; array CGH; FISH; karyotyping; the extraction and analysis of cell free fetal DNA and QF-PCR
  • Evaluate which laboratory investigation(s) is(are) most suitable for a given clinical scenario
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the methodology of at least four molecular genetic techniques