Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to the course in the Wellcome Sanger Institute near Cambridge in England. Amongst other activities, we use bacterial genomes to better understand how infectious diseases spread and how they can be stopped. The aim of this course is to introduce you to bacterial pathogens, their genomes, how they spread, and how they acquire anti-microbial resistance. We don't expect you to have background knowledge in this area, so it should be of general interest. However, we hope that we can go into enough detail to be of interest to biological scientists and health care workers who don't yet have knowledge of genome sequencing or bacterial genomics.
Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsDuring the course, you will find out what makes a bacterial pathogen and about the breadth of research at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. You will explore how bacteria change over time and why this is important for disease. We will be looking at the changes in technology which have allowed us to sequence tens of thousands of bacteria, what this genome data looks like, and how it allows us to understand the evolution of pathogens. We will go on to explain the role of genome sequencing in disease outbreak investigation and understanding antimicrobial resistance. We hope you enjoy the course and we look forward to reading your feedback.
Welcome to the course
Adam Reid, a Senior Staff Scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and Josie Bryant, a Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Cambridge, Department of Medicine, welcome you to the course and describe the topics we will cover.
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