DNA sequence

Genomics is the study of the body’s genes, their functions and their influence on the growth, development and working of the body – using a variety of techniques to look at the body’s DNA and associated compounds.

The UK is recognised worldwide as a leader in genomics and the unique structure of the NHS is allowing us to deliver these advances at scale and pace for patient benefit.

The role of NHS England is to prepare the NHS to harness the power of genomic technology and science to improve the health of our population.

The NHS will be the world-leading healthcare system in its use of cutting edge genomic technologies to predict and diagnose inherited and acquired disease, and to personalise treatments and interventions.

100,000 Genomes Project

The world-leading initiative to sequence 100,000 genomes from people with cancer and families with rare disease.

Personalised medicine

Providing better management of people’s health by moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

What is genomics?

Watch this short video from Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme, which outlines what genomics is, and the ways it can improve patient care.

It also explores how genomics can track and treat infections like MRSA and tuberculosis (TB), improving and saving lives.

What does genomics mean for patients?

Jessica is one of the first children to receive a diagnosis from the 100,000 Genomes Project.

In this video from Genomics England, Jessica’s family talk about what it means to them, and how it will affect her treatment.

News and blogs

Improving early diagnosis of cancer

In the latest of series of blogs marking 70 years of cancer care, and what the future might hold, the Programme Director of the West Midlands Cancer Alliance explains how implementing a digital pathology programme now will support the 100,000 genomes project and unlock the personalised medicines of the future. Celebrating 70 years of NHS […]