Students get to sequence their own genomes

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  • Published: Oct 12, 2012
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Channels: Detectors / Gas Chromatography / Electrophoresis / Laboratory Informatics / Ion Chromatography / HPLC / Proteomics & Genomics / Sample Preparation

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In a world first, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has launched a course giving students the chance to sequence, analyze, and interpret their own complete genome using state-of-the-art whole genome sequencing.

Entitled 'Practical Analysis of Your Personal Genome', the course is designed to teach students how to understand and apply the wealth of information now available via whole genome sequencing. 'For precision medicine to become a routine in the medical clinic, we need to train the next great generation of physicians to harness sequencing-driven medical genetics,' explains Dennis Charney, dean of the school. 'We believe that an approach tailored to each individual patient's diagnosis and treatment, informed by genomic information, will provide dramatic improvements in the quality of care.'

The first 20 students on the course, which will take advantage of the school's Genomics Core Facility, will be a mixture MD and PhD students, medical residents, genetic counselling students, and junior faculty.

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