Russells Hall Hospital has recruited its first participants to the ground-breaking national 100,000 Genomes Project.

The initiative, currently the largest of its kind in the world, involves collecting and decoding 100,000 whole genomes – complete sets of people’s genes – from patients with certain rare diseases and their relatives as well as those with some cancers.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall, is one of 18 trusts that have come together to form the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), which will deliver up to 13,000 of the total number of genomes.

The first Dudley recruits to the project were made during a clinic at Russells Hall, supported by staff from the West Midlands Regional Genetics Service, based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Blood samples were taken from two children with rare developmental disorders, along with their respective parents, from which their genomes will be sequenced.

Doctors hope that by comparing patients’ genomes with those of relatives and other people with similar conditions, the variations that cause rare diseases can be identified. In some cases diagnoses may be provided where previously there was none and tailored treatment may be offered. Read more

Photo: The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

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