Genomics and Comparative Genomics - a Learning Module

This course was developed for the Generation Challenge Programme in August 2008 by Theresa Fulton of Cornell University. There have been significant developments in the field since then, but the course still provides a valuable teaching and learning resource.
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The module is designed to be used both as basic material for a class or as a self-tutorial. It is geared towards scientists and students with a good background in biology and genetics, an awareness of recombinant DNA technologies and some knowledge of the structure of DNA and DNA sequencing. The module is particularly intended for plant breeders, molecular biologists and other plant scientists who are associated with, but not fully engaged in, genomics research – in the hope of providing them with information which will help them to better understand current research in the field and what implications it may have for them.

The module is organized into four sections, designed to promote understanding of the scientific facts and the historical context and implications:
1. About genomics – getting started
2. Genomics – basic concepts
3. Methodologies and computation – the tools of comparative genomics
4. Applications and discoveries

At the end of each section is a list of resources for additional information specific to the topics in that section.  A separate resources section provides information on sequenced genomes, a sample of public databases for plant researchers, books & journals and web Resources.

A primary glossary is included, as well as a list of other helpful glossaries. The references section lists a large number of leading professional works.

For more information and assistance  on genomics, contact Rajeev Varshney.

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