The Genomics working group succeeds the working group „Molecular and Chip Diagnostics“ founded in 2002 by Paul Cullen, Harald Funke, Hanns-Georg Klein, Thomas Langmann and Michael Neumaier.
The WG arose from the growing need of the DGKL and its organs to technically support the development of highly parallel and automated measurement methods for nucleic acids (DNA and RNA chips), but also to keep an eye on the implications for medical diagnostics, the health insurance system, legislation and medical ethics. In its founding year, the first conference of the WG took place at the Schloss Elmau (before the fire and the following reconstruction) with approximately 80 participants. In 2004 this conference, now known as the „Brain Storming“ conference, was moved to the Academy in Tutzing, where it still takes place on the Thursday and Friday before the Whitsun holidays in Germany.
In organisational terms, the various DGKL WGs were combined into divisions as of 2012. The „Chip and Molecular Diagnostics“ WG changed its name to the Genomics WG, which was subsequently assigned to the Molecular Diagnostics division (headed by Prof. Dr. Daniel Teupser) together with the working groups for Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Biobanking. Since then, the conference in Tutzing has been organised as an annual meeting of the entire division.
In recent years, the Genomics WG has mainly dealt with high-throughput sequencing in medical diagnostics (Next Generation Sequencing) and with the analysis of cell-free DNA/RNA (CNAPS) in blood (Liquid Biopsy/Liquid Profiling). In 2016 a special issue publication in J Lab Med was dedicated to the CNAPS topic and was edited in close cooperation by Stefan Holdenrieder and Hanns-Georg Klein.
The WG meets on the fringes of the Tutzing conference and mainly publishes review articles.