Modern biology is now largely focused on the analysis of whole genome data; producing, curating, and making this data accessible for research is a major initiative all over the world.
The goal of this talk is to acquaint folks with the basics of modern biology (what is a genome? why should you care? what are they used for?) and then to pitch the idea that whole genome sequencing and annotation projects, most of which are currently based in a few centers in Europe, Asia, and North America, could be organized here in East Africa to unite biologists, computer scientists and technology experts in this now widespread endeavor. Sequencing whole genomes (getting the data) gets cheaper every day, but annotating and using genome data requires a lot of time and hard work by large consortia of people.
Join Sarah Schaak this Saturday the 18th at 3pm as she spearheads an effort to provide the training to get a working group together here for what is typically called a “jamboree” to annotate the genomes of species of biological significance to the region.