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.