MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

The human genome contains all the information (DNA) molecules, cells and tissues need to develop and function. Our mission is to understand how our genome works and how changes in DNA influence human health and cause disease. We combine the latest computational and experimental technologies, bringing together people across disciplines to deliver on this mission. Better genome interpretation is critical for the diagnosis of, and the development of better-tailored and new treatments for genetic diseases including cancer.

Our DNA...Our Lives

developmental disorders

We seek to understand how DNA changes impact on human health and disease.


Our researchers have access to outstanding shared facilities.

IGMM clinical impact

Knowledge, skill sharing and translating our findings to the clinic.

MRC HGU work with us

Working at the MRC Human Genetics Unit and our partner Centres.

Graduate Research & Training

A vibrant research community ideally suited to postgraduate studies.

MRC HGU public engagement

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