Communicating genetic findings in an accessible way

Addressing ethical and legal issues to enable positive use for the benefit of all people

Twin research

TAGC’s goal is to communicate genetic knowledge in an accessible way and to address its ethical and legal issues – to enable everyone to benefit from genetic discoveries. To achieve this, TAGC brings together efforts from scientists, media, lawyers and policy makers. It also provides key information in an accessible way, and training and consultations at different levels. Read more


To better understand what people know think and feel about genetics, TAGC, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and Tomsk State University, Russia has developed the International Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey (iGLAS).

Educational environments interact with children’s unique genetic profiles, leading to wide individual differences in learning ability, motivation, and achievement in different academic subjects – even when children study with the same teacher, attend the same school and follow the same curriculum. This book considers how education can benefit from the recent progress in genetically informative research. The book provides new insights into the origins of individual differences in education traits such as cognitive abilities and disabilities; motivation and personality; behavioural and emotional problems; social functioning; well-being, and academic achievement. Written and edited by international interdisciplinary experts, this book will be of interest to teachers, parents, educational and developmental psychologists, policy makers and researchers in different fields working on educationally-relevant issues.


The Rise and Fall of the Meritocracy 

In a recent programme on BBC Radio 4, Toby Young investigates the rise and fall of meritocracy in the UK, considering how genes and environments interact to shape who we are and our life outcomes. This is a hard hitting programme that is well worth a listen. We’d also be very interested to hear any thoughts you might have by emailing

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Genes & Tonic is our regular events programme that provides the public with information about genetics through expert talks, debates, and games. all of this over a drink! People from all backgrounds are welcome to join us at the New York University in Central London. Details of future events will be posted shortly, but if you’d like to be added to our mailing list please click here.

Take the IGLAS Test! At TAGC we are interested in engaging as many people as possible with genetics research as it becomes more and more important in our lives. There are a lot of assumptions about what people know about genetics, and we are keen to actually measure public awareness and interest as best we can. Read more