Course Description

410.734 - Practical Introduction to Metagenomics

The emerging field of metagenomics allows for the study of entire communities of microorganisms at once, with far- reaching applications in a wide array of fields, such as medicine, agriculture, and bioremediation. Students will learn the principles of metagenomics through exploration of published project data and guided readings of recent literature. Using d from the Human Microbiome Project, students will explore practical analysis tasks, including sequence assembly, gene prediction and annotation, metabolic reconstruction, taxonomic community profiling, and more. Prerequisites: 410.601 Biochemistry, 410.602 Molecular Biology, 410.633 Introduction to Bioinformatics, 410.634 Practical Computer Concepts for Bioinformatics. S