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Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne's 5**-rated Institute of Human Genetics (IHG) is one of four research institutes based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. It is accommodated together with the NHS Northern Genetics Service within a modern building opened in August 2001 as part of the International Centre for Life. Thanks to a series of major infrastructural investments the IHG is very well equipped for carrying out molecular and cell biology based research.

The IHG seeks to understand biological processes by investigating the structure of genes, how they vary and how they function. The major research focus is in clinical and developmental genetics, where staff are investigating how molecular and cellular processes lead to different phenotypes in man and a variety of experimental organisms.