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Why study the Genome?

Genomics is the study of the genome. Your genome (also called your DNA) is the operating manual containing all the instructions that helped you develop from a single cell into the person you are today. Your genome guides your growth, helps your organs to do their jobs, and repairs itself when it becomes damaged.  It’s unique to you. 

Diseases such as cancer occur when the genome within a cell is damaged or altered.

Studying these alterations in the genome could allow researchers to find new treatments for cancer.

Watch our Engagement Series Part 1 Video titled "What is Genomics?":

Download our patient and community brochure Genomics: Getting the Right Treatment to the Right Patient and learn more about what genomics means for cancer patients:

  • Thank you to the PPIE Sub-Groups of DATA-CAN for their valuable input.