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Why Genomics?

If the 20th century was that of silicon, the 21st century will be that of biology.

Genomics involves the study of the entire genetic information of living things encoded in their DNA and related molecules such as RNA and proteins. The technological capacity we now have to read this ‘code’ of life is unprecedented and accelerating rapidly. The insights gleaned from genomics hold the key to unleashing innovations across a host of sectors, presenting huge opportunities to drive economic growth and improve quality of life for people across the globe.

Genome Canada’s role is to see possibilities and seize opportunities for Canada in the emerging bioeconomy+, while facilitating the sound integration of genomics into society.

Find out more about genomics, its value to Canada and to specific sectors, societal and policy implications, and the role that Genome Canada plays to harness the transformative power of genomics for the benefit of Canadians.