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Welcome to “Telling Stories: Understanding Real Life Genetics

  • Are you studying to become a health care professional?
  • Are you interested in continuing to develop your knowledge and skills base within a health care setting?
  • Do you teach on a health care pre-registration/undergraduate course or post-registration training programme?

If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions then this site is for you.

This resource has been developed to promote understanding among all health professionals of the impact genetics and genomics has on real life, and its relevance to healthcare practice. The website draws on stories that cover a range of genetic conditions including single-gene disorders (with autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive and X-linked inheritance patterns), chromosomal abnormalities and multifactorial conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

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Professor Maggie Kirk

Project lead, Professor Maggie Kirk, discusses the Telling Stories resource and the 100th story.

Professor Heather Skirton

Professor Heather Skirton, team member, gives her thoughts on the 100th story and on the importance of the Telling Stories project.

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New Website!

Welcome to the new look Telling Stories website!

Whilst we have updated the appearance of the website, the layout and stories (and accompanying educational content) have not changed. We will also be carrying out further improvements to the site and adding some new content over the coming weeks. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the new website at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tell us your story

We are always looking for new stories to add to this site, and are particularly keen to hear from more practitioners. Your colleagues can learn so much from how you’ve dealt with situations which involved genetics.

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Winners of the Association of Healthcare Communicators Best use of new media award 2009.
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Betsi Cadwaladr Scholarship Foundation Joint Award Winners 2013.

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