Updates on key developments in genomics

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Genes, hormones and blood pressure

This week, we explore genomics’ role in primary aldosteronism – a hormone disorder that leads to high blood pressure
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Sequencing Covid-19: 1 million genomes

As the UK reaches a mega sequencing milestone, we look at how the data could be used to better prepare us for the future

GEP fellow publishes RNA splicing study

Jamie Ellingford and his co-authors explore the potential of computational tools to help us learn more about the messages our genes create

Epilepsy and the genome

We know that epilepsy can have a genetic cause, but there is still much to discover. We explore findings from two new studies to learn more
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RNAi: a new approach to combat cholesterol

The new cholesterol drug inclisiran is currently making headlines after being approved for use in the NHS, but how does it work?
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New data diversity initiative launches

This week, we look at a transformative programme that aims to rapidly make genomic datasets more representative
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Screening the healthy for monogenic variants

As the NHS moves towards a preventative healthcare strategy, will genomic screening for healthy people become more common?
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Parkinson's disease: understanding the cause

In light of new research, we explore the role genes and their products can play in the onset of Parkinson’s disease
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Cell-free DNA: detecting disease

We look at how cfDNA could be used to diagnose LMD – a life-threatening condition that is currently difficult to detect
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Covid-19: susceptibility and the genome

An international collaboration has discovered new links between our genome and the variable onset and severity of Covid-19

NHS targets better diabetes care with genomic testing

New initiative aims to find thousands of people with a rare, inherited form of diabetes

Newborn screening: time for a genomic approach?

This week, we explore how genomics could help expand the newborn screening programme to test for many more genetic conditions

PCR: more than just a Covid test

An old friend has been thrust into the limelight. We take a look at how PCR works and its place in Covid testing and beyond
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Trial underway for hATTR therapy

The novel ‘one off’ treatment could change the lives of those living with the condition
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Combating cancer: POLQ inhibitors

We explore a novel treatment that could help treat cancer by preventing DNA repair in tumours

Developmental disorder variants found in non-coding genome

This week, we explore new findings that link variants in the non-coding region of the genome to developmental disorders
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NHS to launch Innovative Medicines Fund

We look at an initiative that could change the lives of people with rare diseases by giving them access to cutting-edge treatments
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New platform to strengthen researcher-patient link

We explore how the platform will benefit its users and the steps in place to make sure it is ethical

SCID gene therapy trial publishes results

This week, we look at a significant breakthrough for the treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency
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DTC testing: time to step in?

As DTC testing becomes more accessible and popular than ever, we ask whether more regulatory work could – and should – be done