Updates on key developments in genomics

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Covid-19 update: ‘problem’ variants found

New research shows that certain gene variants could be drivers for life-threatening Covid-19 illness

Implementing genomics across the UK

We explore a new paper that sets out the UK’s genomics healthcare plan for the next three years

Personalised prescribing report: five things we learned

We share some key highlights from this week’s landmark pharmacogenomics report
Lists of genomic bases: A, T, G and C

Repeat after me: what are repeat expansion disorders?

We learn how repeating sequences in our DNA can impact on health and how genome sequencing can make a diagnostic difference
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Diverse genomic study pinpoints Covid-19 variant

Sometimes data diversity can make the difference. We look at findings from a new Covid-19 study to find out how

Mystery variant doubles Covid-19 severity

But how was it found, and could it help open up new avenues for treatment?
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BRCA: beyond breast cancer

New evidence shows that BRCA variants may increase the risk of stomach and pancreatic cancers in both men and women

Genomics Beyond Health: a new report

We step away from the healthcare sector this week to look at the bigger genomics picture

Polygenic score pilot for heart disease begins

NHS launches innovative genomic testing project that could help revolutionise heart disease identification and prevention

Cancer vs the immune system

This week, we explore the ways cancer cells can evade our bodies’ defences and how we can fight back

The brain, the gut and the genome

We explore the link between our mental and physical health by looking at results from a recent genome-wide association study
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Flash forward: genomics in 2022

In our second end-of-year roundup, we look ahead to three areas of genomics likely to spark discussion in the coming year
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Targeting oncogenes: a two-drug treatment

Is two better than one? We look at findings from a cancer study that explores a novel two-drug approach to treat rare ovarian cancer
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Looking back: genomics in 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we look back on the key developments in genomics and their impact on healthcare and society

100,000 Genomes Project 2021 update: rare disease

How has rare disease diagnosis and treatment improved in light of data gathered from the 100,000 Genomes Project? Find out in the second part of our series…
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100,000 Genomes Project 2021 update: cancer

In the first instalment of a two-part series, we look at how the 100,000 Genomes Project continues to impact cancer care

Diagnosing mitochondrial conditions: a WGS breakthrough

Mitochondrial conditions can be difficult to diagnose – but why, and how can genomic technology help?
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Polycystic kidney disease and genomic testing

We explore genomics’ role in the cause, diagnosis and treatment of a complex kidney condition
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Covid-19 'neanderthal' gene variants explained

In light of new research, we revisit the role our genome plays in the severity of Covid-19 symptoms
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NICE approves RNAi therapy for porphyria

This week, we look at the latest gene silencing treatment approved by NICE – this time for an acute form of porphyria
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Reading DNA - where to start?

This week, we learn all about directionality in DNA and why it matters