VIKING Genes

How You are Helping Research

We couldn't have managed any of our research in Shetland or Orkney without you. Here you can read about what we've accomplished thanks to your help.

Scottish Genetic Landscape Echoes the DNA of Past Kingdoms

Boat Wreck Shetland
A study, including VIKING volunteer data, has found that the genetics of people across Scotland today still has similarities to distant ancestors.

DNA can help predict life expectancy

Person with sheep in Orkney
ORCADES recently contributed to a study that can help predict life expectancy. The study was conducted by Dr. Peter Joshi and his colleagues at the Usher Institute of Population Health Science, The University of Edinburgh.

Rare Ancestral Variant found in VIKING Health Study

Ruins in Shetland
DNA analysis of selected participants from the Shetland population identified a rare variant in the sequence of a gene that is known to be important in the control of heart rhythm.

VIKING Health Study – Shetland teams up with the Scottish Genomes Partnership

Sheep near Cliff in Shetland
We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Genomes Partnership has whole genome sequenced 500 samples from the VIKING Health Study – Shetland.

ORCADES study finds holidays in the sun hold key to boosting vitamin D

Sunset in the Northern Isles
Great news if you are planning a holiday! People who take foreign breaks have higher levels of vitamin D in their blood, which has been linked to wide-ranging health benefits.

Why is Multiple Sclerosis more common in Orkney and Shetland?

Brain and gene graphic
The percentage of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Orkney and Shetland is much higher than in Scotland or the rest of the UK. A study on MS asked if particular genetic risk variants are causing this.