UK's National Health Service To Study 100,000 Genomes To Help Fight Cancer, Genetic Diseases

December 22, 2014 11:16 AM

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UK's National Health Service To Study 100,000 Genomes To Help Fight Cancer, Genetic Diseases

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) announced the establishment of 11 Genomic Medicine Centers to achieve an ambitious goal of decoding and collecting the complete genetic codes of 100,000 people by 2017. The aim of the project, named the 100,000 Genomes Project, is to better diagnose and treat patients with cancer and rare genetic diseases, the NHS said in a statement released Monday.

The project will attempt to sequence the complete DNA, also known as the genome, of people with cancer and rare diseases, and then compare it to the genome of their family members. This method will allow doctors to spot mistakes and mutations within the patient's genetic code, and hence develop targ...

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