Genomics healthcare and research


Published 18/01/2024

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A project aimed at developing a UK model for applying ethical standards to genomics initiatives.

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Case studies in genomics

Our call for case studies closed on 5 September 2022.

In summer 2022, we issued a call for case studies that show how the ethical issues raised by a genomics initiative were identified, considered and, if applicable, resolved. We wanted to hear about initiatives that fall in or across the three pillars of the Genome UK strategy:

  1. Diagnosis and personalised medicine: incorporating the latest genomics advances into routine healthcare to improve the diagnosis, stratification and treatment of illness.
  2. Prevention: Enabling predictive and preventative care to improve public health and wellness.
  3. Research: Supporting fundamental and translational research and ensuring a seamless interface between research and healthcare delivery

We sought case studies from the past 10 years (2012-2022) across the NHS, Government, academia, and the charity and private sectors and asked for descriptions of the ethical issues encountered, how these were considered, any challenges, and what the outcome was. 30 submissions were received.

You can download a summary of case studies here.