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GenOMICC COVID-19 Study

GenOMICC is a global community of doctors and scientists who are working together to treat serious illnesses and find out why people end up needing intensive care. Together, they use blood samples to sequence and analyse DNA for the NHS.

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The GenOMICC consortium

The GenOMICC consortium is led by the University of Edinburgh and is working in partnership with Genomics England to analyse the whole genome sequences of people who were severely affected by COVID-19 and compare with those who only had it mildly. They are leading the COVID-19 study to understand why some people were more severely affected by COVID-19 than others.

If you agree to take part in our study these are the people who will receive your blood sample, analyse it and store the genomic data.

Genomics England is the guardian of the National Genomic Research Library. This library contains the health data and genetic sequences of tens of thousands of people. The data is then used by approved researchers to make discoveries and help develop new treatments and medicine.

About the Study

The GenOMICC Covid-19 Study aims to find out whether people’s genes have an impact on how badly they get COVID-19 and this is especially important in light of new research that has shown the disparities in COVID-19 symptoms across different demographics.

Genomics England is working in partnership with the GenOMICC consortium, led by the University of Edinburgh, to analyse the whole genome sequences of approximately 20,000 people who have been severely affected by COVID-19. By severely affected, we mean bad enough to require admission to intensive care. We need to compare these genomes with 15,000 other genomes, from people who were only mildly affected – not requiring hospitalisation – or had no symptoms at all.

What is a genome and why is it important?

The genome is the body’s instruction manual and contains all the information needed to make you, run you and repair you. You have a copy in almost all the 37 trillion cells in your body. It’s unique to you and you inherit it from your parents. It’s made of DNA and is written in DNA’s special code. Each one of the 3 billion letters in a genome can be read using a technique called sequencing.

Find out more by watching our short film below.

Take part in the research

Although we have temporarily paused registration, if you had a positive test for COVID-19 and think you can help us with our study, then you can still register your interest in taking part.

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Are you over 18?
  • Do you live in the UK?
Help us solve the puzzle together.
Register your interest now