Human genome variants associated with intellectual disability drive different patterns of gene expression (green and red) in transgenic zebrafish.

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 mission is to understand the role of genes and the genome in normal development and physiology and how changes in genome sequence impact on human health and disease. The Unit's programmes of work cover the themes of rare and common disease genetics, gene regulation and genome stability.

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New perspectives on cancer evolution from genome sequencingNew perspectives on cancer evolution from genome sequencing

Researchers at the MRC Human Genetics Unit led by Professor Colin Semple have just published one of the largest studies of tumour WGS so far...Read more



Diseases that run in families not all down to genes, study showsDiseases that run in families not all down to genes, study shows

Family history of disease may be as much the result of shared lifestyle and surroundings as inherited genes, research has shown...Read more




2nd year student talks John Inglis prize for the best student presentation

We are delighted that Reka Nagy and Jon Wells have won this year's John Inglis prize for the best student presentation. The panel takes into account both the quality of the science and the presentation itself...Read more


Dr Liz Patton tackling melanoma through new Team Science AwardDr Liz Patton tackling melanoma through new Team Science Award

Dr Liz Patton, as part of an international team, has been awarded the L’Oréal Paris USA–MRA Team Science Award for Women in Scientific Research by the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)...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.





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