Our unique DNA patterns are referred to as our genotype, while our physical characteristics are referred to as our phenotype.
After discovering which gene or variation in a gene (genotype) is related to a disease or disorder, we need to understand how those changes correspond to changes in the phenotype.
Functional genomics studies how variation in a genotype relates to changes in phenotype, often at the molecular or cellular level.
The Australian Functional Genomics Network is a platform to enhance the relationship between clinical teams discovering disease-causing genes in patients with rare disease and cancer, and model system research teams.
Connections will enable collaborative research between clinical and scientific teams to solve these medical problems, gain new insight into disease mechanism, and develop innovative precision medicine strategies. Ultimately leading to faster translation of new knowledge and the implementation of discovers into practice to benefit patients.