6 April 2018
Patients and staff involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project in the West of England are invited to a workshop later this month which will look at the process for returning results.
The West of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC) will hold the event at Southmead Hospital in Bristol from 1.30pm-4pm on 24 April 2018.
Participants, consenting staff, clinicians and anyone involved in the project is invited to attend the workshop for a discussion about the return of results process for people who have enrolled in the 100,000 Genomes Project through the WEGMC.
The national project is a major NHS initiative to sequence 100,000 genomes from patients with rare inherited diseases or with cancer and to transform NHS services to include genome sequencing as standard care for future patients.
The WEGMC has seen 2,000 people consenting to the project, including 1,700 from families with rare diseases and 300 with cancer consenting since the centre opened.
Results will soon start to be returned and the event on 24 April will be an opportunity for collaboration between patients and the clinical teams involved to ensure we have a patient and family-focused pathway moving forward.
For more information about the WEGMC and the 100,000 Genomes Project visit: http://www.wegmc.org/
About genomes and sequencing:
Your genome is the instructions for making and maintaining you. It is written in a chemical code called DNA. All living things have a genome; plants, bacteria, viruses and animals.
Your genome is all 3.2 billion letters of your DNA. It contains around 20,000 genes. Genes are the instructions for making the proteins our bodies are built of – from the keratin in hair and fingernails to the antibody proteins that fight infection.
Sequencing is a technique that is used to ‘read’ DNA. It finds the order of the letters of DNA (A, T, C and G), one by one.
Sequencing a human genome means finding the sequence of someone’s unique 3 billion letters of DNA.