Molecular Genetics Overview

Overview of the Molecular Genetic Service

The Molecular Genetic Laboratory is part of the East of Scotland Regional Genetics Service located in Ninewells Hospital Dundee. Founded in 1986, the laboratory is part of the Scottish Molecular Genetics Consortium (SMGC), a group of four laboratories that work together alongside clinical colleagues to provide testing for a range of inherited conditions. The four laboratories that comprise the SMGC are based in:

  • North of Scotland Regional Genetic Service, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
  • South East of Scotland Regional Genetic Service, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
  • East of Scotland Regional Genetic Service, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
  • West of Scotland Regional Genetic Service, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow


The laboratory In Dundee, works closely with both Clinical Genetics and Cytogenetics to provide molecular genetic testing to both local patients and patients referred from other areas of Scotland. In addition, the laboratory is a member of the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) and can offer testing for certain disorders on a UK basis. A full list of disorders for which testing is available can be accessed by clicking on the link above. If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact the laboratory.