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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 Director for MRC Human Genetics UnitNew Director for MRC Human Genetics Unit

A new Director has been appointed to run the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit (MRC HGU) at the University of Edinburgh... Read more



Gene discovery sheds light on causes of rare type of dwarfismGene discovery sheds light on causes of rare type of dwarfism

A gene linked to a type of dwarfism has been identified, in a development that will help to provide better diagnoses for those families affected... Read more



Macrophages (red) in a human cancerous bile duct (green)Bile duct cancer study may pave way for new treatments

Patients with bile duct cancer could be helped by a new class of experimental drug, a study has shown. Scientists have discovered that a key pathway – known as wnt – drives tumour growth in bile duct cancer... 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.