Northern Genetics Service

Molecular Genetics

Contact: (0191) 241 8819 - Dr David Bourn, Head of Laboratory, Molecular Genetics

The molecular laboratory service provides genetic diagnosis for those families suffering from inherited conditions caused by mutation of specific single genes. Testing is performed using a variety of DNA analysis techniques to identify causative mutations or to track defective genes through families.

Molecular Genetics LabThe Molecular Genetics Laboratory operates within the Professional Guidelines of the Association for Clinical Genetic Science (ACGS).

The laboratory is accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation

Clinical scientists and MLSO staff are State Registered with the Health Professions Council after the required period of training.

The Molecular Genetics Laboratory participates in the following external quality assurance schemes:

  • UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics (including blood spot testing for CF and MCADD)
  • European Molecular Quality Network (EMQN)
  • UK NEQAS for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (HFE genotyping and interpretation)
  • UK NEQAS for Blood Coagulation (genetic analysis of bleeding disorders)
  • UK NEQAS for Leucocyte Immunophenotyping (Post-SCT chimaerism monitoring, FLT3 and NPM1 testing)

Contact details

Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Northern Genetics Service
Institute of Genetic Medicine
Central Parkway
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3BZ

If you require further information please contact the laboratory secretary (0191 241 8754) or service manager (0191 241 8775, who will put you in contact with the appropriate member of the laboratory staff.

Information is also available at

The laboratory is normally staffed between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. For the receipt and analysis of very urgent samples outside these hours, please make special arrangements with the laboratory.

Should you have a complaint regarding our service, please contact the Laboratory directly either by telephone or email (contact details above), or by contacting The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust here.

Head of Laboratory

Dr David Bourn (0191 241 8819,

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