MSc by Research in Biomedical Sciences
Spring Term: Quantitative trait analysis and genomics
The aim of this module, which is offered in term 2, is to understand and apply statistical methods to the analysis of genetic data, i.e. phenotypic and/or molecular data in structured and natural populations. The methods described will apply to data from human, animal or plant populations. While the course is centred on ICAPB and its teaching staff, there is also substantial input from the Roslin Institute, the Medical Genetics Section of the University's Department of Medical Sciences, and the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the Western General Hospital.
The term is organised in a series of sub-modules covering topics such as statistical inference, genetic marker technology, genetic data analysis, quantitative genetic analysis, and genome analysis - simple and complex traits. Teaching is through lectures & tutorials, generally in the mornings, with computer practicals and laboratory demonstrations in some afternoons. Considerable hands-on experience of specialised statistical packages for the analysis of genetic data will be acquired.
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