Cambridge has played a central role in the story of genomics: from uncovering the structure of DNA through to inventing a super-fast way of reading the genetic code. Today, researchers are using genomic information to make more accurate diagnoses, enable personalised medicine, tackle threats like COVID-19, and even reconstruct the ancient history of humans.

Restless legs syndrome study identifies 13 new genetic risk variants

13 Oct 2017

A new study into the genetics underlying restless legs syndrome has identified 13 previously-unknown genetic risk variants, while helping inform...

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Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

05 Oct 2017

Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating...

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Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development

20 Sep 2017

Researchers have used genome editing technology to reveal the role of a key gene in human embryos in the first few days of development. This is the...

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Family history and location of genetic fault affect risk for carriers of key breast and ovarian cancer genes

20 Jun 2017

A large scale study of women carrying faults in important cancer genes should enable doctors to provide better advice and counselling for treatments...

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First complete genome data extracted from ancient Egyptian mummies

30 May 2017

Study finds that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to ancient populations from the Middle East and Western Asia.

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Algorithm matches genetic variation to disease symptoms and could improve diagnosis of rare diseases

19 Apr 2017

A faster and more accurate method of identifying which of an individual’s genes are associated with particular symptoms has been developed by a team...

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Ancient ‘trace’ in Papuan genomes suggests previously unknown expansion out of Africa

21 Sep 2016

Several major studies, published today, concur that virtually all current global human populations stem from a single wave of expansion out of Africa...

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Zero-tolerance approach to MRSA “unachievable”, study suggests

21 Jul 2014

Analysis of a supposed outbreak of MRSA in a Cambridge hospital raises questions about whether the superbug can be completely eradicated, despite a...

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New initiative will sequence 10,000 whole genomes of people with rare genetic diseases

21 Oct 2013

Project will lay foundation for genomic medicine.

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