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The Future of Genomics: Personalized medicine

It really is a very exciting time to work at the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre (GSC). We are working with many other research teams, both at the Agency and around the world, to help better understand cancer and to use this advanced knowledge to succeed in treating cancer cells.

In the last 18 months, there have been a number of world-class genome science breakthroughs at...

How technology is helping genomics

As I mentioned in my last post, the amount of DNA in your body is astounding, as is the number of cells, which has been estimated at 100 trillion  When I started in genomics, searching for cancer-causing mutations was a huge and expensive endeavor, and simply could not be done comprehensively.  The tools to understand the structure and function of cancer cell genomes simply did not exist....

What is genomics?

Since genomics can seem complicated, let’s start with the basics so that you understand a bit better what my team does.

Many people are aware that the cells of living organisms contain DNA that encodes the information that their cells need to grow and divide normally.  The term genome refers to the DNA within the cells.  Although most of the genome is similar between individuals,...

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