The Power of Genomics to Understand the COVID-19 Pandemic
Explore genome sequencing and the SARS-CoV-2 genome:
The course starts with a review of how viruses cause diseases and pandemics, examining the factors that can lead to a public health emergency.
You’ll also get a comprehensive introduction to the SARS-CoV-2 genome structure, and learn how genome sequencing is used in COVID-19 surveillance.
Learn about COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics development:
Once you’re comfortable with the basics of genome sequencing and the contributing factors of pandemics, you’ll move on to vaccines and therapeutics.
You will have an overview of the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines and the available treatments of the disease, and you’ll gain further insights into the impact of viral variants.
Understand why viral genomic surveillance is critical:
You’ll see how sharing genomic sequencing helps experts understand disease epidemiology, allowing them to give better advice and to be more prepared for the future.
Ultimately, this course will show you how important genomics is for developing effective strategies, not only against the COVID-19 pandemic but, importantly, against pandemics in general.
Keywords: coronavirus, covid-19, sars-cov-2, mutations, Variant calling, Sequencing, pandemic, surveillance, genomics, public health, Genomic data
Target audience: Policy makers, journalists, Graduate students, undergraduate students, researchers
Resource type: FREE online course
Contributors: Our list of contributors can be found on our course page.