NHS70: spotlight on genomics

DNA code

Everyone has a genome – it’s made up of all your DNA, and contains the instructions for making and maintaining you. By studying genomes and applying the learning in the NHS, we are able to identify the causes of genetic and rare diseases. Genomics is essential to the future of the NHS and we are transforming services through the knowledge this brings.

This page showcases what we have learnt through genomics research over the last 70 years, the impact this has on people’s lives, and how the NHS might change in the future with genomics at its forefront.  This section will give you:

  • an overview of what genomics is
  • how we are applying it in the NHS
  • the impact it will have on the future of healthcare delivery.

With thanks to Genomics England for their contribution to this spotlight series, find out more about The 100,000 Genomes Project, sequencing 100,000 genomes from 70,000 people.

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.