About the Practical Course
Our knowledge of biodiversity has several shortfalls, especially for microscopic organisms, both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Recent developments in molecular biology, focusing on metagenomics of microscopic organisms could allow researchers to address such shortfalls. DNA sequence data from all the genomes of all the organisms found in a given sample will be the focus of the course. Students will learn all the computer-based steps of a typical metagenomic pipeline, specifically on how to handle large datasets, assemble and annotate sequences, and understand how to use them. This approach is pivotal in our current time of biodiversity crisis, when metagenomics is the key for fast, efficient, reliable, and accurate studies addressing biodiversity issues.
This EMBO Practical Course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs, and researchers with some experience in the field of metagenomics and who are seeking to improve their skills. Beginners are also welcome and will be introduced to Linux command Shell and main command line.
About EMBO Courses and Workshops
EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).
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