Genomic science recognizes that whole genome sequences provide an unparalled glimpse into the genetic make-up of organisms. This knowledge of genetic codes will enable scientists to design drugs that attack the causes of disease and control the expression of genetic sequences to improve yields and quality of food and fiber we produce and consume.
To date, the human genome as well as the genomes of several animals, model organisms, and many bacteria have been completely sequenced. Moreover, scientists worldwide are currently studying the genomes of more than 100 additional plant and animal species. NC State University's commitment to initiatives in genomic science make it an excellent choice for a graduate degree in Genomic Sciences; these initiatives span five colleges and more than twenty-five departments.
Genomic Science at NC State has two components; Functional Genomics - the generation of large bodies of data relating to organism function & Bioinformatics - the analysis of these vast and complex data sets. NC State University's graduate program focuses on these two synergistic areas. Students register for graduate study in either of these fields and also receive a solid grounding in the other, through a core of courses common to both programs. NC State University has established two state-of-the-art Genomic Science facilities, the Genome Research Laboratory and the Bioinformatics Research Center, at Centennial Campus. Both facilities are used for groundbreaking research and allow collaborations with industry and other programs on campus. Genomic science students have access to both centers in order to gain practical experience as part of their degree programs.
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