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 from the MRC Human Genetics Unit have discovered how a gene mutation can lead to diseases that occur when the immune system attacks the body by mistake.... Read more
Research has shown that bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease ... 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.