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Note: This factsheet has been designed as a post-session handout for learners taking part in a Genomics Game session, but can also be used as learning resources in other settings. See the full collection here.

Key facts

  • In healthcare, genomics can be used with health data to improve prediction, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.
  • Personalised – or precision – medicine describes treatment or care specifically tailored to the individual.
  • Pharmacogneomics uses genomic information to optimise drug responses and minimise adverse side-effects.

Did you know?

  • Variation in our genomes can reveal whether someone might develop a genetic condition, or that they are more susceptible to developing a certain condition.
  • Variation in people’s genomes mean they may respond differently to a treatment for the same condition.
  • Advances in technology and reductions in cost mean techniques like whole genome sequencing can be used in a healthcare setting.

Find out more

To see examples of how genomics is being used in the NHS, visit our Genomics in Healthcare section.


Publication type

Education and training resources

Genomics Game

First published

27th June 2019

Page updated

18th November 2019

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Game factsheet 6: Genomics in healthcare