Genome British Columbia - Genome Genomics

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Genomics is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of science and the applications of research are providing solutions to a vast number of global challenges that will benefit society in years to come.  Though the world of genomics and its potentials are exciting, we understand that it can be a daunting concept to explore and understand.

Genome BC is committed to providing curious minds with unbiased and up-to-date information about the field of genomics; its relevance to society, the benefits and risks of genomics research, and the impact it’s having on our health, our environment, our food supply and our energy sources.

Whether you are a secondary school teacher looking for life science education resources, a student in search of information to assist with a school project or a curious citizen wanting to understand more about genomics – this site is for you. Explore this section to find out more about genetics and genomics. Check out our simple glossary with definitions for frequently used life sciences terms at


Strengthening Genomics Education in BC

Established in 2003, the Genome BC Foundation was created to promote education in the life sciences. Our goals include creating opportunities for the public to learn about the relevance and impact of genomics research. We also provide hands-on, experiential learning for high school students across BC, improving access to genomics education, and encouraging more students to pursue careers in genomics-related fields. We’re also working towards enhancing interactions between genomics scientists and the public, students and educators.
We support genomics education by:

  • creating opportunities to empower educators, students, and the public with accurate information about genome sciences, so they can learn more about the relevance and impacts of genomics research
  • providing hands on, in-class activities that allow students to see, feel and experience research in the life sciences
  • providing the stimulus and funding for initiatives that lead to enhanced learning experiences across the life sciences

Partnerships with Genome BC
To promote genomics education in BC, we work with education partners and industry advocates. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss ideas to help you support genomics education in BC.

For more information contact Sally Greenwood, Vice President of Communications and Education at 604-637-4373 or



Discover information articles explaining some concepts in genomics, including the risks and benefits of genomics research.
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What's that word?? Genomics uses a lot of jargon that can be hard to understand. Our glossary has definitions for important or frequently encountered concepts in genomics.  
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Interested in something beyond the textbook? At camp, students will explore aspects of biotechnology, pathology, forensics, genetics, genomics and microbiology and use their new knowledge to stop an evil bio-terrorist from wreaking havoc on the world!
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Genomics in your area! We've done a series of travelling suitcase exhibits, classroom visits, community engagement events, teacher training, workshops and camp. Come check out where we've been.
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