A Year of Conversations about Genomics

By Vivienne Parry OBE, Head of Engagement at Genomics England

When we began the 100,000 Genomes Project, our initial engagement work was with potential participants, affected both by rare disease and cancer. We wanted to know what their principal concerns were. They turned out to be both practical – for instance, what the impact of results might be on their families or if they might be disadvantaged financially by taking part – and ethical,

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The 100,000 Genomes Project features in London’s Science Museum

The Science Museum’s Our Lives in Data exhibition highlights the technology revolution that will impact our lives.

More information about our lives is being captured than ever before, and as the amount of data collected grows so does the debate around data ownership.

The Science Museum’s newest exhibition, Our Lives in Data, will uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used.

A person’s full DNA sequence – their genome – generates around 200GB of data.

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New partnership with British Science Association as part of British Science Week

Future Debates BSA

To mark British Science Week (11-20th March), Genomics England is pleased to announce a partnership with the British Science Association (BSA).

Over the next few months, Genomics England and the BSA will be working together to run a series of Future Debates in the summer, as well as publishing a social intelligence report in the late spring.

Genomics England want to showcase the potential benefits whole genome sequencing can offer patients,

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Socialising the Genome

drawing of a periscope in a sea of DNA

‘How easy is it to strike up a conversation about DNA and genomics? Geno-what?’

This is a challenge faced by scientists and the general public ever since the first human genome was mapped fifteen years ago. A new project, Socialising the Genome, is now underway to find out how to make genomics a more social concept.

The last Wellcome Trust Monitor survey said only 12% of the population would say they had a good understanding of what a genome is.

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Masters in Genomic Medicine

The Masters in Genomic Medicine marks the beginning of creating a lasting legacy for patients and the NHS through the 100,000 Genomes Project

Our partners at Health Education England (HEE) have recently confirmed the nine Universities across the UK that will deliver the new Masters in Genomic Medicine.

The Masters, starting in September 2015, is designed for NHS staff, especially those working in Genomic Medicine Centres on the 100,000 Genomes Project.

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