Sections of adult mouse testes immunostained for Acetylated TUBULIN (Red) and DAPI (Blue).
Credit: Dr. Emma Hall

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.

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Research excellence and national assessment (REF2014) resultsResearch excellence and national assessment (REF2014) results:

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine’s (CMVM) reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK research excellence and national assessment (REF2014) results... Read more

Changing addressesGene Relocation

Scientists from the MRC Human Genetics Unit have discovered what it takes to change the location of a gene inside of the cell nucleus... Read more


Study reveals effects on body mass index of gene linked to heavy smokingStudy reveals effects on body mass index of gene linked to heavy smoking

A genetic variant which causes smokers to smoke more heavily has been shown to be associated with increased body mass index (BMI) – but only in those who have never smoked, according to new research... Read more

The MRC Human Genetics Unit (HGU) at The University of Edinburgh is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving health by supporting research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences.

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.