About Hong Kong Genome Project
Themed “See the Unseen”, Hong Kong Genome Project (HKGP) is the first large-scale genome sequencing project in Hong Kong. It plans to perform Whole Genome Sequencing for eligible patients and their family members, so that they could benefit from more precise diagnoses and more effective treatment. The Project also aims to nurture talents, promote the development of genomic medicine in Hong Kong and advance the health of the general population in the long run.
Join The Project
HKGP will be carried out in two phases, the pilot phase and the main phase. The pilot phase will focus on patients and their family members with undiagnosed diseases and hereditary cancers. Hong Kong Genome Institute (HKGI) has set up Partnering Centres in three hospitals under the Hospital Authority to recruit participants. All eligible participants have to be referred by clinicians at Partnering Centres to join the Project.
“Genome” refers to the entire set of genetic materials in a living thing. Each of us has our own unique genome, which can be thought of as an operation manual for our body. It provides instructions that determine the physical characteristics of our body such as skin colour, height, potential risks of developing different diseases, etc. Human genome includes:
> 3 billion
There are 4 types of DNA bases – A, T, C and G. The order, or sequence, of these bases carries important genetic information about our body.
A gene is a segment of DNA that serves as the basic unit of instruction for building our body’s observable traits and functions.
Chromosome is a structure in our cells that consists of tightly packed DNA and proteins. Each chromosome contains multiple genes.
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