Day Zero for Bacterial Comparative Genomics

Contributed by Darwin Bandoy DVM

Learning microbiology is hard, learning genomics is hard and the learning curve is not simply exponential but factorial for learning bacterial genomics. I had the advantage of being a veterinarian with a training in microbiology and hence most of my struggle is with genomics. It is like learning a new language and culture, with a distinctive syntax and vocabulary. Learning genomics entails finding the right set of tools, in this case mostly genomic software. To fast track the ease of learning bacterial genomics, I find this tutorial by Holt lab previously published in BMC Microbial Informatics and Experimentation to be helpful in learning the basics of comparative bacterial genomics.

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