Medical information

The aim of much of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's research is to improve healthcare. Genetic research will become increasingly important in developing medical care. However, improvements to diagnosis or treatment often take many years to develop. It is important to note that we are not able to offer medical advice to the general public, neither do we provide DNA analysis.

Why we do not offer medical advice or services

While the Sanger Institute seeks to maximise the translation of research results to make a real and lasting impact on global health and wellbeing, our staff are not able to offer medical advice.

Clinical trials of new drug treatments can take up to 15 years to complete.

Our researchers work to uncover the genetic basis of human disease. Though our findings can be important to the improvement of healthcare, they provide only the first steps toward the development of new diagnostics or treatments. Our expertise is in discovery and we do not take part in trials of new treatments or in their development, which can take up to 15 years to complete.

The Sanger Institute does not offer personal genetics services or genome sequencing. In general, our DNA samples are provided by anonymous donors.

Publishing for public benefit

We have a culture of making genetic sequence information freely available to the global scientific and medical community and we publish all disease associations that we uncover in the hope that they will result in medical advances.

Selected websites

There are a number of external internet resources that others have found useful. However, if you have a medical enquiry, then you should approach your doctor or a genetics clinic. The list of information websites below cannot be a substitute for clinical care.

Please note that the Sanger Institute is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor can their inclusion be interpreted as endorsement by the Institute.

The US National Institutes of Health hosts a site called MedlinePlus that includes articles on Health Topics, Drugs and Encyclopaedia and other information.

Websites on chromosome disorders include:

  • in the US and;
  • in Europe and;
  • In the UK, the site of the National Health Service provides a Health A-Z with their "Bodymap" as well as advice on living well;
  • The BBC News site includes an A-Z of health issues;
  • In the UK, the Genetic Interest Group is a national alliance of patient organisations which support children, families and individuals affected by genetic disorders;
  • Clincial Trials run by the NIH in the US lists trials around the world, searchable by country;
  • In the US, GeneTests provides "current, authoritative information on genetic testing and its use in diagnosis, management, and genetic counselling", again searchable by country;
  • Intended for the researcher, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) provides comprehensive review of research and findings behind a compendious list of diseases and disorders.
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