What is genomics?

Genomics is the study of genes and what they do.

Your genetic make-up makes you uniquely you. Today’s genomic revolution is powered by genome sequencing technology that reads your DNA and can be instrumental in identifying everything from inherited disorders, characterising genetic mutations that drive cancer progression, or tracking disease outbreaks.

Today, genomics is helping solve some of the most challenging problems of humankind and inspiring new hope for people around the world.

Researchers study genes to understand why some people have a disease and why some people do not. Understanding a person’s genes also may be able to explain why some people respond well to a treatment, while others do not. In some circumstances, a specific change in DNA may even make a disease, such as cancer, respond better to a specific targeted treatment.