SIB commissioned by the FAO and IAEA to develop an e-learning module on animal viral pathogens

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics has been commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) joint program to produce an e-learning module on the phylogenetics of viral pathogens of domestic animals, to train veterinarians and biologists.

This development was initiated following numerous requests for bioinformatics training by animal health diagnostic laboratories in developing countries. Data analysis has indeed become an essential step, following the rapid development of animal pathogen sequencing in these countries.

Benefiting from its ten-year experience in training and educating biologists, as well as earlier experiences in e-learning, SIB has developed an e-learning module which is accessible via a dedicated website. For areas where the internet connection is unstable, the module can be distributed on physical media such as CD-ROM or USB-keys.

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