About 99.8% of our DNA is the same as other human beings. But the 0.2% that is different, makes each one of us unique.

• Genomic medicine has the potential to save costs and improve quality of care by targeting treatment, maximising benefit and reducing side effects.

• For patients with rare diseases, it can shorten their ‘diagnostic odyssey’  helping to identify therapeutic options faster and improve outcomes.

• The new science of genomics is opening up better diagnoses for patients, better and safer treatments, opportunities for screening and the possibilities for prevention. 

• The dramatic recent increase in obesity and associated diseases has been driven by environmental and societal changes that promote overeating and sedentary behaviour. There is a large genetic contribution to obesity and body size. Some rare genetic variants, for instance, one causing leptin deficiency can result in extreme obesity.