Whole Genome Sequencing: What will the future look like?

In this video our experts consider how things might look in the future. As Dr Michelle Bishop says, we are at a pivotal moment in science and healthcare. We are really only at the beginning, but now that we have the option to look at the entire genome we will be able to:

Provide a diagnosis for the first time for many people with a previously undiagnosed rare disease.

Increase our understanding of the links between genes and cancer, meaning we can expand the panels of genes which are tested for each cancer and increase the range of treatments on offer to patients.

Better classify cancerous tumours and treat people accordingly.

Reduce the turnaround times of results meaning we can treat patients more quickly and effectively.

Develop new treatments and screening programmes in light of new genetic information.

Better classify pathogens and trace the spread of infectious outbreaks such as Ebola in real time, making it possible to better control outbreaks before they take hold on a large scale.

Throughout the video our experts pose interesting questions, such as:

Will whole genome sequencing bring about fundamental changes in the ways in which we deliver healthcare?

Should we sequence the DNA of every newborn baby so that healthcare professionals can revisit an individual’s genetic information throughout their lifetime?

Could genome sequencing becoming another routine test in the health service, just like an x-ray or a CT scan?

Should we share our data? Would you share yours?

The truth is that it is hard to predict where whole genome sequencing will take us, but one thing is for sure: its emergence poses lots of questions, opens up lots of possibilities, and is already advancing healthcare around the world.

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Whole genome sequencing is a relatively new technology that allows us to ‘read’ a person’s or organism’s entire genetic code. But how does it work and what does it mean for all of us? How do scientists begin to make sense of the vast amount of information that whole genome sequencing provides? And what does this new technology mean for the future of healthcare and personalised medicine?

You don’t need an in-depth knowledge of genetics, as this course will provide a recap on the basics. It is designed for anyone who wants to learn about whole genome sequencing, how it operates and the impact it is likely to have on healthcare.

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals who have limited or no understanding of the sequencing process and the many varied uses of whole genome sequencing. Science undergraduates and non-specialists who want to learn more about sequencing and genomic medicine are also very welcome.

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