Podcast recap: Lessons from the world's largest genomic datasets

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In this episode of "The Genetics Podcast," host Patrick Short interviews Daniel McArthur, Director of the Centre for Population Genomics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. The discussion focused on the impact of large-scale genetic datasets on patient diagnosis and treating genetic subtypes of disease, and the power of big data and consortiums to enable pioneering discoveries.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking play; we’ve included a recap below for easy reference. 

McArthur is a leading expert in the field of genomics and has played a pivotal role in the development of tools and technologies for analysing genomic data. He has led the development of several widely used genomic analysis tools, including the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK), which is used by researchers around the world. 

He has also played a key role in the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC), a large-scale project that sequenced the exomes (protein-coding regions) of over 60,000 individuals from diverse populations. The project aimed to create a comprehensive catalogue of genetic variation across human populations, providing a valuable resource for researchers studying the genetic basis of disease. McArthur notes that the project has helped to identify many genetic variants associated with disease and has contributed to a better understanding of the genetic basis of complex diseases.

During the podcast, McArthur discusses ways in which genomics is being used to personalise healthcare, such as identifying genetic mutations that may contribute to disease susceptibility, predicting drug response, and identifying potential genetic risks for individuals and populations. In addition, he explains how genomics is being used to identify new therapeutic targets and drug candidates, as well as to understand disease biology and the genetic underpinnings of diseases.

The discussion highlights the potential of genomics to transform medicine, and the importance of addressing the challenges that come with this rapidly evolving field. These include the difficulty of interpreting the vast amounts of data generated, the need for high-quality data, and the challenges of identifying disease-causing genetic variants. At a more macro level, McArthur points out that issues such as responsible data sharing and collaboration are also critical to maximise the potential of genomics in healthcare and research. 

This podcast episode provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of genomics on healthcare and research, highlighting the potential for genomics to revolutionise medicine and improve patient outcomes. Sano was proud to showcase the expertise of such an important precision medicine researcher. 

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