How is genomics having a positive impact on people’s lives?

The North East and Yorkshire NHS Genomic Medicine Service (NEY GMS) builds on the foundations of the 100,000 Genomes project, driving forward its aim to make genomics part of routine healthcare.

The national 100,000 Genomes project studied the role our genes play in health and disease by sequencing 100,000 genomes from around 85,000 NHS patients affected by a rare disease, or cancer.  The project collected blood samples from certain patients and their relatives with rare diseases to try and achieve a diagnosis, and from patients with cancer to identify genetic changes that might influence management. It provided an in-depth look at the genomic profile of these patients, generating new insights, health data to enhance our research capabilities, and uncovering answers for participants.

As part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, participants were asked if they wanted to look for additional health information in their genome sequence (additional findings). This data is being returned to the Genomic Medicine Service Alliance and outcomes will be shared with participants via their clinicians when available.

You can explore the positive impact that genomics is having on people’s lives by watching the above videos from Genomics England.  You can also learn more about our work to embed genomics into everyday healthcare here.