"Two copy" cells in the process of separating their two DNAs to produce single copy cells. Image provided by Professor H.Cooke

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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new maps for navigating the genome unveiled by scientists

New maps for navigating the genome unveiled by scientists

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

New Science Insights work experience programme New Science Insights work experience programme

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


Scientists trace ‘bad’ fat back to its rootsScientists trace ‘bad’ fat back to its roots

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 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.