Genomics England launched, mapping DNA to better understand cancer, rare and infectious diseases

Jeremy Hunt MP

The government’s major drive to introduce high-tech DNA mapping for patients will start by tackling cancer, rare diseases and infectious diseases, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today, the NHS’ 65th birthday, alongside plans to make the NHS a personal service for every patient.

In December Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the personal DNA code – known as a genome – of up to 100,000 patients or infections in patients will be sequenced over the next five years.

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