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.
UK to become world number one in DNA testing with plan to revolutionise fight against cancer and rare diseases
The UK is set to become the world leader in ground-breaking genetic research into cancer and rare diseases, which will transform how diseases are diagnosed and treated, thanks to a package of investment worth more than £300million, the Prime Minister will announce today.
The four year project will allow scientists to do pioneering new research to decode 100,000 human genomes – a patient’s personal DNA code. The landmark project is on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world and is part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensure the NHS as well as the UK’s research and life science sector is at the forefront of global advances in modern medicine.
What is genomics?
Our Head of Engagement, Vivienne Parry, explains more about genomics in this film courtesy of our partners at Health Education England.