12 facts you need to know about the 100,000 Genomes Project

Posted: December 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Genomic Medicine Centres (GMC) are at the heart of the 100,000 Genomes Project, a plan to map 100,000 complete genetic codes of patients. But why is it important? And what does it mean for future health care?

1. By combining DNA samples with patients health records it will improve the prediction and prevention of cancers and rare disease, say experts.

2. The uncovered DNA data can be used to develop personalised diagnostic procedures and drugs, argue scientists and doctors.

3. To reassure patients, strict security measures are in place to protect their identity and private details.

4. 100 patients with cancer and rare inherited diseases have already had their genomes sequenced in a pilot phase of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

5. Between 50,000 and 75,000 people will take part in the project and have their genomes sequenced that figures includes women, men and children.

6. The project will focus on five common cancers breast, bowel, ovarian, lung and CLL leukaemia and 110 inherited conditions.

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12 facts you need to know about the 100,000 Genomes Project

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