New educational films for Genomics Medicine Centre laboratory staff

Posted on 5 May 2016 (Permalink)

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme has launched its latest educational resource: seven films for laboratory staff working on the 100,000 Genomes Project, outlining the current correct process for sample processing and DNA extraction.

Genomics England and the NHS England Genomic Medicine Centres will, through the 100,000 Genomes Project, analyse whole genome sequences from tens of thousands of patients and their relatives. This will be the first time whole genome sequencing has been utilised at scale in the NHS.

The films are designed to support laboratory technologists and histopathologists in preparing high quality samples in order to ensure good results from whole genome sequencing, and have been developed in line with the latest Genomics England protocol.  

The project requires standardisation of lab processes and adherence to a set of new protocols for both the handling and processing of blood and tumour samples – in order to ensure successful whole genome sequencing. These films demonstrate the correct procedures as set out by Genomics England.

All staff involved with sample preparation and DNA extraction will need to be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to be able to prepare the high-quality samples which are integral to the outcomes of this project. These films are primarily targeted at those working in molecular genetics and histopathology laboratories. They can also be viewed by anyone wishing to learn more about genomics and whole genome sequencing.

The films cover different aspects of the process, including receiving patient samples, processing omics samples and extracting DNA from solid tumour. 

On completion of viewing, a short reflection exercise will provide an opportunity to demonstrate what has been learned, while feedback and a downloadable Certificate of Participation will be given.

To view the videos, register at the Health Education England website