This course covers cutting edge concepts in genetics, genomics and evolution: genome structure (how genes are organised into genomes), genomics (genome sequencing, assembly and annotation), genome variation and the forces that shape it (mutation, recombination and genetic drift), molecular phylogenetics (capturing and using patterns of evolution), and applications of genomics (conservation genomics, host-pathogen interactions, genome engineering, and systems biology). Multiple aspects of genome biology will be studied and integrated to understand how genomes function and evolve. Core concepts and methods in genomics, molecular evolution and population genetics will be supported by an integrated set of tutorials, science communication tasks and bioinformatics analysis. Modern research methods will be applied to the study and annotation of draft genome assemblies for two venomous Australian snakes (the mainland tiger snake and eastern brown snake), which were sequenced by UNSW at the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics using the latest sequencing technologies.
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