Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics

Launched October 2019 Updated June 2021 21 lectures
Prof. Eamonn Maher
University of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Tim Hearn
University of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Simon Holden
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

The sequencing of the human genome and the development of high throughput genomic technologies culminating in large scale genome sequencing projects has ushered in a new age of genomic sciences and genomic medicine. More than ever undergraduates studying biological or biomedical sciences, or medicine will benefit from a knowledge of... read morehuman genetics and genomics to prepare them for a career in research, industry, biomedical science, clinical practice, or medical practice. However, in universities the principles of human genetics are taught using examples that are remote from modern applications of genomics in human research and health and/or do not cover recent genomics advances. This undergraduate series will cover the principles of human genetics using up-to-date and modern presentations and problem-based case discussions that are relevant to contemporary genomic medicine. The series editors together provide experience in human and non-human genomic research, clinical practice, and expertise in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. They are also motivated to engage a wide audience in this most topical, exciting, and relevant area of biomedicine.

This series will cover human genetics and the genetic basis of human disease and will provide students with a broad knowledge of contemporary genetics and genomics relevant to human health and disease. Topics to be covered include the structure of DNA, the molecular basis of inheritance, human genetic diseases, inheritance patterns of human disease (with relevant examples), the basis and application of modern genomic technologies, and ethical and societal aspects of human genetics/genomics. In addition to lecture-type presentations there will be five problem-based case study sessions which will equip the students with practical knowledge and integrate diverse aspects of the course into a case study.