25 Dec 2005

A New Method to Find Important Genome Regions

Evolutionary forces tend to retain important DNA sequences, whilst allowing unimportant sequences to change. Consequently, protein-coding regions - only about 1.5 per cent of the human genome - are similar in all mammalian species.

21 Dec 2005

Genome sequence of fungus reveals its weapons

The genome sequence of the most common mould that causes disease worldwide is published in Nature on Thursday 22 December 2005. The code of Aspergillus fumigatus, an air-borne, soil-dwelling fungus, was cracked by an international team led by researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, The Institute for Genomic Research and the University of Manchester.

21 Dec 2005

Funding Boost for Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Research

Major new funding for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, announced today, will help in the battle against human disease, including three of the world's biggest killers - cancer, malaria and diabetes.

16 Dec 2005

Revolutionary new methods to find mutations in disease

Through the Human Genome Project, the HapMap Project and other efforts, we are beginning to identify genes that are modified in some diseases. What are more difficult to measure and identify are the regulatory regions in DNA - the 'managers' of genes - that control gene activity and might be important in causing disease.

26 Oct 2005

Major Role for Wellcome Trust Researchers in the Quest to Identify Genes Involved in Common Diseases

The International HapMap Consortium today published a comprehensive catalogue of human genetic variation, a landmark achievement that is already accelerating the search for genes involved in common diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

14 Oct 2005

EU commits €13M to study genetic make-up of complex diseases

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leader in DNA sequencing and is applying the same determination and skills to gene analysis. That effort is recognized today in the announcement that the Institute is a major partner in a new European Commission consortium - EUCOMM.

14 Oct 2005

Visit by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal

Major new cutting-edge science facilities have been opened today at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in a ceremony conducted by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. Princess Anne toured the new laboratory and IT accommodation housing the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's latest programmes of research activities.

28 Sep 2005

The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC)

The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC) is a collaboration of 24 leading human geneticists, who will analyse thousands of DNA samples from patients suffering with different diseases to identify common genetic variations for each condition. It is hoped that by identifying these genetic signposts, researchers will be able to understand which people are most at risk, and also produce more effective treatments.

11 Aug 2005

Genome of a viral leviathan

A virus with a gigantic genome that infects chalk-covered marine algae contains compounds that could be developed for use in anti-ageing and cancer-inhibiting therapies.

14 Jul 2005

Code to killers of 150,000

The genomes of parasites that cause three major diseases in the developing world - sleeping sickness, Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis - have been decoded by international teams of scientists, it was revealed today.