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The total genetic information of an organism. A complete copy of the genome is found in most body cells.

Articles using this Glossary Item


Genetic basis of schizophrenia unfolds

24 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Scientists using a new 3D chromosome-mapping technique have uncovered a genetic connection between schizophrenia and early fetal brain development ... [Read More]

Vitamins A and C erase cell memory to create stem cells

17 October 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Vitamins A and C help to convert adult cells into stem cells by performing a cell 'reset', erasing their epigenetic memory, a study has found... [Read More]

Epigenetics could predict life expectancy

10 October 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

A person's 'epigenetic age' can predict how long they will live, according to a study of over 13,000 individuals... [Read More]

Birthweight linked to genes involved in adult diseases

03 October 2016 - by Meetal Solanki

Genes involved in determining a baby's birthweight may also predispose them to diseases in later life, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a global study has found... [Read More]

CRISPR used to investigate non-coding regions of the genome

03 October 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Two teams of researchers have used CRISPR genome editing technology to identify 'non-coding' regions of the genome for the first time... [Read More]

Event Review: Who owns your genome?

03 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Do you know who owns your genome? And who, if anyone, would you choose to give your genetic information to? This debate, organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, covered the cutting-edge issues in genomic ethics and legality... [Read More]

National gene bank opens in China

26 September 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

China has opened a national gene bank that could ultimately be the world's biggest, eventually housing 300 million genetic samples... [Read More]

Smoking can leave epigenetic changes on DNA for 30 years

26 September 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

Research has found that smoking can leave long-lasting epigenetic changes on the genome... [Read More]

Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD

26 September 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

There was a captivating debate around the emerging genetic choices, legal framework and ethical issues from the use of PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening) and PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) at this event produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET)... [Read More]

Radio Review: Personalised Medicine – Dose by Design

19 September 2016 - by Rhys Baker

Personalised Medicine. A promise of medical treatment tailored to the individual. A promise that has been decades in the delivery. But now, as such treatment appears to be within reach, will the dream be dashed by bureaucracy, inertia and funding crises?... [Read More]

Book Review: The Gene – An Intimate History

12 September 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

'The Gene: An Intimate History' is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Taking a similar approach to his previous work 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer', Mukherjee interweaves his personal history with a comprehensive and extensive review of the history of genetic research... [Read More]

Fourteen genes predict cancer response to therapy

05 September 2016 - by Meetal Solanki

A major study into cancer has uncovered fourteen genes which could predict how a patient will respond to tumour treatments, particularly chemotherapy and radiation... [Read More]

One-fifth of genomics papers flawed due to Microsoft Excel

05 September 2016 - by Rikita Patel

Around one-fifth of scientific papers involving genomic data contain errors caused by the default settings in Microsoft Excel, according to a study... [Read More]

US sperm donor admits he misled sperm bank

05 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A US man who fathered more than 30 children by sperm donation has reportedly admitted that he lied about his background to a sperm bank, which is currently being sued by the parents of one of the children conceived with his sperm... [Read More]

Book Review: GMO Sapiens - The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies

30 August 2016 - by Julian Hitchcock

GMO Sapiens is just the annoying grit in the machine that the genome editing debate needs, but readers deserve clearer lines between science, speculation and opinion... [Read More]

Hispanic longevity linked to epigenetics

30 August 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

Researchers in the US have found that Hispanic individuals age slower than people from other ethnic backgrounds... [Read More]

Exome project reveals 3230 disease genes

22 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

More than 3230 genes with the propensity to cause disease have been identified in an analysis of the largest exome dataset yet... [Read More]

Crowd-sourced DNA links depression to 17 genes

08 August 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists have identified 17 genetic variants that appear to be linked to depression in individuals with European ancestry... [Read More]

Ice-bucket challenge funds ALS gene discoveries

01 August 2016 - by Jenny Sharpe

Donations from the ALS 'ice-bucket challenge' have funded research that has led to the discovery of new genes linked to the disease... [Read More]

New 'obesity gene' found in half of Samoan population

01 August 2016 - by Rachel Reeves

A newly discovered genetic variant in the Samoan population increases obesity risk by 35 percent – the largest effect of any obesity gene... [Read More]


Events using this Glossary Item

Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day...
Mutants and What to Do About Them
09 February 2011 7.30pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, UK
The 2011 British Humanist Association/South Place Ethical Society Darwin Day Lecture, given by Armand Marie Leroi...
Functional Genomics and Systems Biology
30 November 2009  Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK
An event addressing post-genomic science in humans and other organisms...
Mapping the Genomic Era: Measurements and Meanings
07 October 2009  City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND, UK
An event to develop debate and dialogue around current and future developments in the life sciences...
Genomics of Common Diseases
23 September 2009  Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK
The 3rd Wellcome Trust/Nature Genetics conference on the Genomics of Common Diseases...
From Imprinting to the Epigenome in 25 years
04 September 2009  Lecture Theatre, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1RD; Kings College, University of Cambridge, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST, UK
An event celebrating the discovery of imprinting in mammals 25 years ago...
Opportunities and Challenges of Next Generation Sequencing in Public Health Microbiology
25 August 2009  Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK
An event addressing bioinformatics research and infectious disease technology...
Do We Need to Know Our Personal Genetic Data?
21 August 2009 7pm-8.15pm Highland Park Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens. Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, UK
A discussion introduced by David Ewing Duncan, Director of the Centre for Life Science Policy...
Biodigital Lives: Making, Consuming and Archiving the Lives of Technoscience
14 July 2009 8.30am-6.30pm Silverstone Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RG, UK
A workshop addressing issues of digital and biodigital life, lives and identities...
Techniques and Applications of Molecular Biology
13 July 2009  Department of Biological Sciences, Gibbet Hill Campus, Gibbet Hill Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
A course for those who wish to develop their understanding of genetic engineering techniques...

Published by the Progress Educational Trust
Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

FREE event
25 October 2016


Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond

Public Conference
7 December 2016

Speakers include

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Dr Kathy Niakan

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut

Lord George Carey

Baroness Mary Warnock

Dr Simon Fishel

Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Professor Alison Murdoch

Professor David Jones

Professor Sarah Franklin

Professor Stephen Wilkinson


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