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Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health

October 18 2021 @ 12:00 AM - November 7 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Join Health Education England to learn how whole genome sequencing (WGS) works and what it could mean for the future of healthcare with this free 3 week course, starting 18th October.

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals and science/medical students who have limited or no understanding of the whole genome sequencing process and its many varied uses.

Some of the topics you will cover in this course are:

  • the composition, structure and function of a genome
  • genomic variation and its connections with health and disease
  • the interpretation of genomic information for clinicians and patients
  • the impact of WGS on healthcare in the future

Please visit the Future Learn website for more information and to sign-up for the course.


October 18 2021 @ 12:00 AM
November 7 2021 @ 12:00 AM
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With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.