Both students and educators interested in learning and teaching aspects of NextGen Sequencing (NGS) analysis should join us for this fun .. Read more demonstration of a classroom-tested app that is effective in teaching novice students some core elements of NGS Quality Control (QC) analysis. Using basic scripting commands (and a good number of emojis!), Dr. Ray Enke of James Madison University will show us an introductory scripting exercise using a publicly available app in CyVerse's VICE (Visual and Interactive Computing Environment) to assess the quality of raw sequencing data, such as how many and how long the reads are, how many contaminating sequences may be present, or how many of the reads are low-quality sequences. This key Quality Control step is essential to ensure that any downstream analyses of NGS data, e.g., evolutionary or population genetics analyses, deliver credible results. By learning to use apps in CyVerse VICE, students and teachers alike can expand their computational toolbox for doing 21st-century genomics and data science.
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