The Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit, a partner in the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at The University of Edinburgh, is at the forefront of research into human genetics.
Its role is to advance the understanding of genetic factors implicated in human disease and normal and abnormal development and physiology. The Unit's programmes of work cover the themes of developmental genetics, common disease genetics, chromosome biology and models for human genetic diseases.
Scientists have built the clearest picture yet of how our genetic material is regulated in order to make the human body work. They have mapped how a network of switches, built into our DNA, controls where and when our genes are turned on and off.. Read more
Science Insights is an exciting new work experience programme from The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) and The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Read more
It’s widely accepted that having too much fat is unhealthy, but it’s the hidden fat surrounding our vital organs that poses the biggest threat. Scientists now believe they’ve discovered where this ‘bad’ (visceral) fat comes from... Read more
The University Unit partnerships, of which HGU is one, maximise the resource available for science by fully integrating an MRC unit with a university. The resulting partnership, with the university as the employer and the MRC as the primary research funder, provides an excellent platform for research.