A hundred thousand genomes
Over the past year the Government has unveiled an audacious programme under the banner of Genomics England, aiming to sequence the genomes of 100,000 people affected by cancer and rare genetic diseases. We take a look at some of the practical and ethical issues around the project. Plus, our gene of the month comes from the land of the forever young.
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Mark Caulfield, chief scientist for Genomics England, explains the idea behind the 100,000 Genomes Project.
Sarah Wynn from Unique explains how families affected by rare genetic diseases hope to benefit from DNA sequencing.
Researchers have found a region of the human genome associated with peanut allergy.
Scientists have discovered that our cells' 'spellchecker' doesn't work equally well across the whole genome, creating mutation hotspots.
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the Hessian Fly, a major wheat pest, in order to try and reduce its impact on crops.
Genetic counsellor and social scientists Anna Middleton explains some of the
ethical issues around genome sequencing.
Our gene of the month is Nanog - named after the mythological Celtic land of the forever young.