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Focus On Genetics

20 November 2007

Focus On Genetics also features articles on: Genetics in Medicine, the Wales Gene Park, The "Impossible" breakthrough, Stopping the cancer "clock", Getting to grips with depression and Facing moral dilemmas.

Wales Gene Park

The Wales Gene Park, which Professor Sampson chairs, was established to translate new genetic knowledge into better healthcare and to help NHS staff and the public understanding so that these advances are applied in a responsible way.

The Wales Gene Park is delivering advances in this important area of medical science — and helping to establish high calibre biosciences jobs in Wales.

It was established by Cardiff University, with financial backing from the Welsh Assembly Government and the Department of Trade and Industry, and in partnership with NHS Wales and the Science Centre Techniquest. Its activities include:

  • Identifying the genetic causes of disease
  • Translating research into medical practice
  • Business development of genetic technologies
  • Professional education
  • Promoting understanding of genetics among healthcare staff and schools through an active education programme
  • Stimulating public debate

As well as directly benefiting patients in Wales, the Wales Gene Park has fostered links between researchers in Wales and academic and commercial partners internationally.