DNA research arrives at Weston General Hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 July 2016

Weston General Hospital.

Weston General Hospital.


Recruitment for groundbreaking research into DNA is set to take place at Weston General Hospital.

The Genomes Project was launched in 2012 and has recently arrived in the South West through the West of England Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC).

Genome sequencing is figuring out the order of DNA and can help with the diagnosis of rare conditions.

This research is set to be carried out on patients with rare genetic diseases, as well as their family. It will also extend to patients suffering with cancer. The aim is to provide patients with a clearer and quicker diagnosis.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, will recruit patients to take part.

Professor Sue Hill, chief scientific officer for NHS England, said: “We’ve been impressed by the strength of the partnerships that the West of England Genomic Medicine Centre has brought together between the NHS, and other key players, which will help them to ensure a strong and effective service for the region.”

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