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    Education: EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Course: Next Generation Sequencing for Africa
    Submitted by Nelson Gichora; posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011


    DATES: August 31 - September 9, 2011
    LOCALE: The African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD), Nairobi, Kenya

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA), the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and the Regional Student Group of Eastern Africa (RSG Eastern Africa) have organised a 10 day EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Course titled "Next Generation sequencing for Africa".

    Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies have drawn the attention of the scientific community due to its unprecedented power and relatively low cost. This new technology has huge potential to accelerate agricultural biotechnology.

    The objective of this lecture course is to familiarize researchers and students in Africa to the potential of NGS in agricultural biotechnology and to learn the best practices in this fast evolving field. This Lecture Course will be based on a series of conceptual, background and methodological lectures centred on Next Generational Sequencing (NGS).


    • NGS: background, basic concepts and main challenges
    • Understanding the underlying technology: overview, constrains and future directions
    • Data management: experimental design and handling NGS data
    • Genomes and Genomes Browsing
    • Metagenomics and deep sequencing in transcriptomics
    • Practical applications of NGS, challenges and the way forward


    European Molecular Biology Organization, Australian Government (EMBO, AusAid)


    Etienne De Villiers
    +254 20 422 4104

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