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Wellcome Genome Campus and Sanger Institute

Situated on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the world's leading centres of genome sequencing and analysis.

Molecular model of DNA. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Established in 1992, under founder director Sir John Sulston the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute spearheaded the UK contribution to the Human Genome Project. It sequenced almost one-third of the human genome (the largest single contribution) and was instrumental in ensuring that sequence data were made freely available for the benefit of all.

Today, the Institute is home to more than 30 academic staff, whose expertise ranges from genomics to biomedicine and who are investigating the role of genes in health and disease.

As well as the human genome, the Sanger Institute has sequenced the genomes of numerous human pathogens, including those that cause tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy and diphtheria. Today, its ongoing projects continue to identify the genetic basis of disease and potential targets for new drugs and vaccines.

The Trust's Advanced Courses programme, which provides practical training in the latest biomedical research techniques and bioinformatics tools for senior PhD students, postdocs and clinicians, is performed in dedicated laboratory and IT teaching facilities within the Sanger Institute.

An active Public Engagement team hosted over 5,500 visitors during 2006-09, including schoolchildren aged 14+, and all students and postdoctoral fellows based at the Sanger Institute are required to take formal training in communication and public engagement.

Key projects and discoveries

The key projects being undertaken by the Sanger Institute to advance our understanding of genetics, health and disease, and the major discoveries that have been made.

Science at the Sanger Institute

A summary of the types of scientific research performed at the Sanger Institute and the services it offers to the scientific community.

The history of the Sanger Institute

The story of the Sanger Institute from its inception to its current status as a leading centre of genomic studies.

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus

As well as the Sanger Institute, the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, and the Wetlands Nature Reserve are based on the campus.

Milestones and achievements

A timeline of the major events and achievements in the Sanger Institute's history.

Location, travel and contact information

The location of the Sanger Institute and contact information.

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888