UCL Cancer Institute


Exploring the secrets of DNA with GenoME

13 April 2018

Last night, at a special launch event held at UCL, the Personal Genome Project UK celebrated the completion of the PGP-UK pilot study and unveiled ‘GenoME’ - a free educational app designed to explore personal genetic code.

PGP UK launch event

The new app, which was designed by Vincent Harding from UCL Health Creatives and can be downloaded from the Apple Store, enables users to explore personal genomics and the work of the Personal Genome Project UK. Part of a global network of projects, PGP-UK is dedicated to creating publicly shared UK genome, health, and trait data to aid research and scientific progress.

The GenoME app explores personal genetic information with the support of four PGP-UK ambassadors who have shared their genome data and experience within the app.

Transforming healthcare with data and research

Speaking at the launch of GenoME, Professor Stephan Beck, PGP-UK Director and Professor of Medical Genomics at the UCL said: “I was very lucky to be part of the team that sequenced the first Human Genome some 20 years ago and made all the data freely and openly available to everyone which was a big deal at the time. The legacy of this pioneering effort stimulated biomedical research worldwide and created the foundation for personalised or precision medicine which I believe will be transformational for our healthcare and life-style decisions in the future. To achieve this transformation, however, still requires much more data and research which is why I decided to participate in PGP-UK and openly share my own genome and associated data for the greater common good. I chose to waive my anonymity and self-identify to put a face and name to my personal genome that can now be explored with the GenoME app.”

The evening was drawn to a close with a live performance of two unique musical pieces inspired by genetic code, composed by Trinity Laban professor of composition, Deirdre Gribbin, and performed by the Benyounes Quartet.

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