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Meet the Genomic Scientists

Meet the scientists involved in whole genome sequencing and other types of genomic tests.

In this video we meet the scientists involved in genomic medicine. These scientists are vital to the selection of appropriate tests, testing itself, and interpreting results.

Professor Sian Ellard, Professor Rachel Butler, Ronnie Wright, Jake Miller and Djemilah Gordon talk to us about the role that scientists play in making genetic diagnoses and developing treatment and management plans for patients.

The healthcare scientists involved in genomics fall into two distinct categories: clinical scientists and genetic technologists. The collaboration of these two different professional groups is vital.

We learn that:

  • Genetic technologists are responsible for what is commonly referred to as the ‘wet lab’ work; that is, the handling and processing of all different kinds of samples – for example blood, sputum or tumour – to extract DNA for genomic sequencing; they also have a role in interpreting results.

  • Clinical scientists have responsibility for ensuring the most appropriate testing is selected for each patient in line with the clinical question (it’s important to note that this won’t always be whole genome sequencing), as well as interpreting and reporting results.

  • Clinical scientists often specialise in either cancer or rare disease.

  • Genetic technologists often become expert in particular types of tests/processing, and as they progress through their careers they may take on team management or lab management responsibilities.

  • Clinical scientists are often involved in research and have a responsibility to stay up to date to ensure the best care and treatment options for patients.

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