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PHATS goes large !

James heads to Liverpool for a genomics workshop

26 April 2017

Part of James' job involves designing 'primers', small sections of DNA that help us increase the amount of a specific gene so that we can measure how much it has been switched on or off. This means we have to try to second guess which genes will be affected by particular hormones or pollutants. New methods, called next generation sequencing, allow us to look at everything all at once to work out which genes have been turned on or off and this can help identify whole pathways instead of one gene at once. Next generation approaches need people to be good at bioinformatics and coding to be able to understand, porocess and analyse the data. This training course, run by the Physiological Society, was a great starter for James and he is enthusiastic about trying out his new found skills. 

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