Cancer genomics

Genes are instructions which tell the body how to make all the proteins it needs to survive and grow. Cancer genomics is the study of genes and how alterations in genes can lead to changes in cells which cause cancer. 

Overview

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. DNA spells out genes which are instructions which tell the body to make all the proteins it needs to survive and grow.

Working in cancer genomics, you would be responsible for identifying different types of cancer which are caused by alterations in genes. 

Working Life

You would use chemical examination of cellular DNA to define genetic changes and the majority of your work would revolve around;

As a healthcare scientist working in cancer genomics, you’d rarely have direct patient contact yourself, but you would be very aware of the impact that your research and examinations have on patients.

Who would I work with?

You would work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes doctors specialising in pathology, cancer, genetics and genomicshealthcare science staff specialising in bioinformatics genomics, specialist nurses and genomic counsellors.

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