Course Description

410.666 - Next Generation DNA Sequencing and Analysis

The recent revolution in DNA sequencing technologies has transformed biology within a few short years, dropping the cost and ease of sequencing dramatically to the point where the "$1,000 Human Genome" is in sight. Armed with complete genome sequences, biologists need to identify the genes encoded within and the variation in these genes between individuals, assign functions to the genes, and to put these into functional and metabolic pathways. This course will provide an overview of next generation sequencing technologies in the historical context of DNA sequencing, the pros and cons of each technology, and the bioinformatics techniques used with this sequence information, beginning with quality control assessment, genome assembly and annotation. Prerequisites: 410.602 Molecular Biology; 410.633 Introduction to Bioinformatics; 410.634 Practical Computer Concepts for Bioinformatics.