The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a charitably funded genomic research centre located in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. Focused on health and disease, it aims to produce results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

Founded in 1993, the institute has participated in some of the important advances in genomic research, developing new understanding of genomes and their role in biology.

Its research builds understanding of gene function in health and disease as well as creating resources of lasting value to biomedical research.

As one of the largest sequencing centres in the world, for more than 15 years, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has produced more than 100 finished genomes, all of which can be downloaded from its web page.


Employing some 800 staff, more than 90% of its research is carried out in collaboration with other organizations.

The institute played a major part in finding the genes and other functionally important features of the zebra finch genome and was also responsible for sequencing the genome of Campylobacter jejuni.

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