MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

Latest News

The following news articles were published in 2024.

Research findings could guide treatment which minimises mutations

Research investigates the strand specificity of DNA damage, repair and its subsequent mutagenicity: June 2024

Prestigious fellowships recognise talent of early career researchers

Two early career researchers have been awarded Chancellor's Fellowships at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer: June 2024

Study shows how hormones and cancer drugs shape human genome

New research shines a light on how hormones and cancer drugs sculpt 3D organisation of the human genome: June 2024

Early Career Prize for Scott Waddell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Scott Waddell has won a Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) award for his work looking at polycystic liver disease: May 2024

New insights on inherited retinal disorders hold potential for drug treatment

Using mouse models and advanced imaging techniques, Megaw et al reveal the role of RPGR in the retina and the mechanism underpinning vision loss, with possible therapeutic target: May 2024

Yanick Crow elected as Royal Society Fellow

Professor Crow has been elected as a Royal Society Fellow in recognition of his work on human genetic disease: May 2024

Welcome to our 2024 Cross-disciplinary fellows

Maria Delgado Ortet, Rodrigo García-Tejera, Svitlana Braichenko and Luciana Luque join the institute: April 2024

Rare disease genetics reveals microtubule mechanism for ciliopathies

Using patient cells, organoid and mouse models, Dodd et al reveal how cilia are key to how different mutations in a single tubulin gene can result in multiple rare diseases: April 2024

Research groups join forces to study the genetics of Parkinson’s disease

The Grzegorz Kudla Research Group at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh will join forces with colleagues at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, University of Dundee: March 2024

Report makes recommendations to remove interdisciplinary research barriers

The X-Net project – a partnership between the Universities of Edinburgh, Dundee, and Oxford – publishes its recommendations following extensive consultation with the biomedical research community: March 2024

Institute hosts Scotland Rare Disease Day Reception

Rare Disease UK, a Genetic Alliance UK campaign to raise awareness of rare diseases, marked International Rare Disease Day 2024 at the Institute on Tuesday 27 February.

Welcoming Dr Nezha Benabdallah to the Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Nezha Benabdallah
Dr Nezha Benabdallah, geneticist and cancer researcher, joins the Institute of Genetics and Cancer as a new principal investigator: February 2024

LOCOME project awarded Innovate UK grant to improve diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS and Long COVID

The MRC Human Genetics Unit are collaborating with PrecisionLife and Action for M.E. in an innovative precision medicine project providing hope to millions in the UK: December 2023

DNA methylation rates linked to maximum lifespan in mammals

Researchers from the MRC Human Genetics Unit show slower DNA methylation rates in longer lived mammals, such as whales, compared to shorter lived mammals, like rats: December 2023

Carol Monaghan MP visits DecodeME team

Carol Monaghan MP with members of the DecodeME team
The Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Education and Science, Innovation and Technology visited the MRC Human Genetics Unit to learn about the study on 27 September.