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Cracking the DNA code: can human genome sequencing help save lives in the NHS?

Dr Richard Scott of Great Ormond Street Hospital explores the medical and ethical challenges facing the NHS as it begins to use genomes.

The Human Genome Project was an extraordinary leap forward for science. Completed in 2003, it took 13 years and around £2.5 billion to sequence the first human genome. Today it’s possible in just days for under £800, opening the way for genome sequencing in healthcare.
But life is never simple. Interpreting a genome is complex: computing helps, but it’s still challenging to tell the difference between an innocent genomic ‘quirk’ and a dangerous, disease-causing ‘glitch’.
Dr Richard Scott will expand on this and other medical and ethical challenges that the NHS faces as it begins to use genomes for healthcare, speaking from the experience of his work as a clinical geneticist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and at the UK Government’s world leading 100,000 Genomes Project.

6pm Arrival, registration and refreshments
6.30pm Lecture
7.30pm Lecture finishes


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Date and Time:

28 March 2017 at 6:00 pm


2 hours



Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park

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