As the new year unfolds, it's a time for reflection on some of the most inspirational stories in human genetics last year, and anticipation of what's to come in this area in 2024.
To mark the occasion, our last 2023 episode of the Genetics Podcast featured the inimitable Dr. Veera Rajogopal in a two-part series on the most exciting genetic developments of 2023. Dr. Veera is a physician-scientist who specialises in psychiatric and behavioural genetics. He’s currently working in pharma on new drug targets for psychiatric and neurological diseases through large-scale genetic association studies. His Twitter threads are epic, and if you haven’t checked out his website, GWAS Stories, we highly recommend you do so.
In addition to our podcast, he’s outlined the most notable advancements in human genetics this year here. Below, we’ll recap this progress; we encourage you to check out Dr. Veera's website and listen to the podcast for additional details.
As we turn the page on a transformative year in human genetics, the advancements of 2023 set a formidable foundation for future exploration and innovation. The leaps made in understanding the genetic underpinnings of diseases, the progress in drug development, and the increased emphasis on genetic diversity have not only enriched our knowledge but also opened new avenues for precision medicine. The insights from Dr. Veera and others in the field remind us that each discovery, no matter how small, is a step closer to more personalised and effective healthcare solutions.
Looking ahead, the horizon of human genetics is bright with potential. The challenges and complexities of this field continue to inspire a deeper inquiry, promising a future where the integration of genetics into medicine is not just a possibility but a reality. As we embrace 2024, we do so with anticipation for the continued evolution of this important field.
For details on the stories shared above, please check out Dr. Veera's website. If audio is your medium of choice, even more detail is available through our podcast with Dr. Veera: