Genomics England, with the consent of participants and the support of the public, is creating a lasting legacy for patients, the NHS and the UK economy through the sequencing of 100,000 genomes: the 100,000 Genomes Project.
Genomics England was set up by the Department of Health to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project. Initially the focus will be on rare disease, cancer and infectious disease. The project is currently in its pilot phase and will be completed by the end of 2017.
Professor Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist for Genomics England:
We welcome the announcement from President Obama. Scientific and medical progress requires the long term commitment and collaboration of researchers across the globe.
The UK’s National Health Service offers a unique environment in which to transform the application of Genomic Medicine into patient benefit. The 100,000 whole genome sequencing project is focused on patients with rare inherited diseases, cancer and infection and will generate a lasting legacy of NHS Genomic Medicine Centres, sequencing capability and first-class healthcare teams enabled to feed back the findings to patients.
What is genomics?
Our Head of Engagement, Vivienne Parry, explains more about genomics in this film courtesy of our partners at Health Education England.