Population Genomics

How do genes evolve over time? What do genes have to do with conservation efforts for endangered species? How might studying gene variants contribute to medical breakthroughs? Population genomics is the study of the structure, function, and variability of the entire genetic complement of organisms considered on a population scale. Learn the fundamentals of population genomics and explore the subfields of evolutionary genomics, conservation genomics, and medical genomics! 

By examining how gene variants change in structure and frequency in populations over time, we can study the process of evolution and how it contributes to biodiversity and the formation of new species. This information can be used to increase the efficacy of conservation efforts. By studying gene variants underlying diseases at the scale of populations, we can better diagnose complex polygenic diseases like cancer. Immerse in these exciting topics as you participate in interactive learning with a global network of peers!


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  1. First, students apply to the Pre-College program, indicating their course(s) of interest. Apply now.
  2. After they receive notification of their acceptance into Duke Pre-College, they enroll in the course(s) indicated in their Pre-College Application. 

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