Human genetic variation (II): exploring publicly available data


Course overview

Genetic variation is fundamental to the evolution of all species and is what makes us individuals. Our genes have a large influence on our lives. They affect what we look like, our personalities and preferences and our susceptibility to disease. By studying genetic variation we hope to understand the molecular process that contribute to life on earth.

The study of genetic variation has been used to model human migration, understand the cause of human diseases, and to predict disease outcomes.

This is part II of our course on human genetic variation. We will and learn how to explore publicly available genetic variation data.

Prior to part II of this course

Part I of the course introduces some key concepts in the field of human genetic variation including the types and possible effects of genetic variation, data formats and look common genetic variation study types. If you are new to the field we recommend that you work through part I of this course first.

The courses focus on heritable (germline) variation and will give you a taste of the resources you can use to explore genetic variation data.


Undergraduate-level knowledge of biology would be an advantage.

About this course

Learning objectives: 
  • List examples of genetic variation databases
  • Describe the type of data found in different genetic variation databases
  • Explore genetic variation data within publicly available resources