Science Exchange Wallingford: The 100,000 Genomes Project

Tuesday 14th November 2017, Wallingford School Library by Jennifer Whitfield, Oxford NHS Genomic Medicine Centre

The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to sequence the genomes of approximately 70,000 NHS patients with rare diseases and cancer.  This is currently the largest national sequencing project of its kind in the world. The ultimate goal is to create a new genomic medicine service in the NHS, transforming patient care and enabling research into the causes and treatment of genetic disease.  For some patients a genetic diagnosis will be made where this hasn’t previously been possible, for others, particularly cancer patients, there is the potential for new personalised treatments.

 The talk will introduce genomics and the 100,000 Genomes Project, the challenges it faces, and how it hopes to make personalised medicine a reality.  If you had your genome sequenced, what would it tell you?  Would you want to know?

Science Exchange Wallingford’s next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th November in Wallingford School Library, St George’s Road, Wallingford OX10 8HH.  Meetings are very informal. Speakers talk for about half an hour, then we break for refreshments and return for a lively question and answer session.  We are grateful that the continued support of local company Triaster, Wallingford School and the generosity of our speakers ensures that each event is free to attend.  We are also privileged to be a Café Scientifique.  (