Updates on key developments in genomics

The perils of clinical interpretation of genomic variants

A recent US legal case puts genetic testing and laboratory best practice under scrutiny 

Hidden viruses in the human genome  

As research reveals ancient viruses lurk in our DNA, can genomics provide the missing link in treatment of modern disease?

Unravelling genetic risk of schizophrenia

Recent research provides substantial and surprising evidence of the genetic effect on mental health 

Genomes without borders

As Scotland joins the 100,000 Genomes Project, we explore the…

Consciousness and the ‘brain-in-a-dish’

Could advances in genomics help neuroscientists reveal more about the power of the human brain? 

Probing pancreatic cancer genomes

New genomic research offers insight into pancreatic cancer and a possible treatment revolution

Tuberculosis: new approaches to an old disease

Recent developments show how genetic insight can help to combat the 'forgotten plague' that continues to kill

The rise of consumer genetic testing

As home DNA testing kits increase in popularity, the widened range of testing prompts consideration of scientific accuracy and value

The ‘beginning of the end’ for cancer chemotherapy?

As the first patients join Genomics England’s cancer programme, what does the future look like for treatment and prevention?

Genome sequencing - past, present and future

How has sequencing evolved? And will whole genome sequencing replace other technologies as clinicians’ go-to diagnostic test?

Answers for 100,000 Genomes Project participants

The first genomic diagnoses for rare disease as part of the pioneering project highlight the importance of personalised medicine

Genomics: curing the kidney

Developments in genomic understanding and technology are having a big impact in the field of nephrology

Shooting the messenger: therapeutic targeting of RNA

As scientists learn more about the crucial role of ‘messenger’ molecules, many see effective targeting as the missing link in our treatment of disease

Human gene editing: where do we draw the line?

Advancements in our ability to alter the human genome have sparked fresh debate over ‘designer babies’ and health ethics

More than skin deep: genomics and dermatology

Improved understanding of the genetic basis of skin conditions is enabling better treatment for patients 

Genomics Master's series: joining the revolution

Doctor Imran Rafi talks about his experience as a funded student on our new Master’s in Genomic Medicine at Cambridge University

Genomics and zoonosis

From swine flu to Ebola, genome sequencing technology is enabling us to better understand cross-species infections

Epigenetics – the real key to everything?

It isn't all in the code. Gene alterations play a part in disease, but gene expression may ultimately prove equally - if not more - important 

Almost a miracle: gene-edited cells that can cure cancer

Since Layla Richards was cured of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, attention has turned to the possibilities of genome engineering 

The dark side of the genome – does it matter?

Scientists believe that just 2% of our DNA is responsible for encoding proteins. But what of the rest - can it really just be ‘junk’?

Genomic damage and repair: prize-winners and pioneers

Since Albert Kelner shone a light on the process of DNA repair in 1948, scientists have been working to harness the power of correction