Developing and deploying genomics technologies in support cancer and life sciences research.

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer (GSC) is an international leader in genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics for precision medicine. By developing and deploying cutting-edge genome sequencing, computational and analytical technology, we are creating novel strategies to prevent and diagnose cancers and other genomic diseases, uncovering new therapeutic targets and helping the world realize the social and economic benefits of genome science. 

Our Focus

Translating genome science to help diagnose and treat cancers and other diseases 

The GSC fosters close collaborations between scientists and clinicians, allowing for direct translational research. Through the Personalized OncoGenomics (POG) program, the GSC deploys whole genome sequencing technology to influence therapeutic and management strategies for late-stage cancer patients in real time. The GSC is also accredited through the College of American Pathologists to perform clinical genomic panel testing. 



BC Premier John Horgan visits the GSC

Ahead of our 20th Anniversary, we gave the Premier of British Columbia a hands-on tour of our DNA sequencing and bioinformatics technology platform. 

The Honourable John Horgan received a personal tour of the our DNA sequencing and bioinformatics technology platform from our director and distinguished scientist, Dr. Marco Marra. 

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Dr. Marco Marra to be inducted into the 2020 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

The distinguished scientist and director of the BC Cancer - Genome Science Centre will be one of six to receive the honour.

A genetic explanation for lymphoma patients that can’t be cured by standard treatment

Some patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma respond poorly to standard treatment. Thanks to DNA sequencing, scientists now know why.

Scientists develop a new method for finding cancer-killing cells

Harnessing the power of our own immune systems can help fight off cancer. Researchers at the BC Cancer Genome Sciences Centre have developed a method to tell immune cells exactly what to look for.

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