Scientific discoveries are improving healthcare in ways we could never have imagined. Genomics is a ground-breaking area of medicine that uses a person’s unique genetic code to help diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. Thanks to advanced technology, scientists can now compare many people’s genetic code to make new discoveries that continually improve genomic healthcare.
Britain leads the world in genetic research. From Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick and James Watson discovering the structure of DNA in 1953 to British scientists working on the Human Genome Project to sequence the first whole genome – one entire set of a person’s DNA – fifty years later.
We’re still in the early stages and there is much we don’t know about how our genes affect our health. That’s why in 2013, Genomics England and the NHS launched the 100,000 Genomes Project, demonstrating how genomic insights can help doctors across the NHS, and building a foundation for the future by assembling a unique dataset. This was achieved thanks to the generosity and involvement of patients and participants, who helped shape the project and were key in guiding data and privacy decisions. And that was just the start.
Genomics England is now expanding its impact: working with the NHS to deliver genomic testing for patients and providing the health data and technology researchers need to make new discoveries and create more effective, targeted medicines. We all have a role to play in this incredible opportunity for the nation. Genomics England works with thousands of people – patients, doctors and scientists – to increase our collective knowledge, build the right tools for the NHS and help people live longer, healthier lives.