Leiden – Learning a new skill or two…

After a hard day getting their heads around the complexites of unsupervised clustering and box plots the 16 students, together with many of those scientists delivering their training, took a night out to try their hand at a new skill: 10-pin bowling. For a couple of hours the students swapped the challenging topic of statistics for the equally challenging practical application of physics…

MELGEN goes bowling...
MELGEN goes bowling…

There were varying levels of skill displayed but every throw seemed to be accompanied by a great many laughs, cheers and hi-fives. Although the competitive spirit was in evidence, the overwhelming atmosphere was one of encouragement and congratulation for every pin knocked down. Eventually, with everyone’s bowling arms aching, the evening finished as all great evenings should: with a good meal and lots of intelligent conversation.

With the morning came a return to reality: a full morning learning about the finer details of next generation sequencing analysis followed by an afternoon of analysing the next generation sequencing data they have generated during the practical laboratory sessions.

A New Skill NGS Analysis
Another new skill: Dr Mutlu Dogruel (Eagle Genomics) and Daniel Borras (GenomeScan) put the students through their paces in next generation sequencing data analysis training.