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UK project to become world leader in DNA research 01.08.14

BBC: Government backs 100,000 Genomes Project run by Genomics England

David Cameron has backed a nationwide project which “will see UK will lead the world in genetic research within years”. The Government will invest a total £300 million into the project over the next four years.

The project will see research centres across England start sequencing 100,000 genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases with the aim of developing new targeted therapies which experts claim, will leave conventional treatments such as chemotherapy a thing of the past.

For example, recent breakthroughs in genetics have shown that breast cancer is at least 10 different diseases, which each need different treatments at different stages. It is hoped that similar breakthroughs can be by the 100,000 Genomes project.

15,000 families with rare conditions will be involved in the project.

David Cameron said: “I am determined to do all I can to support the health and scientific sector to unlock the power of DNA, turning an important scientific breakthrough into something that will help deliver better tests, better drugs and above all better care for patients.

“I believe we will be able to transform how devastating diseases are diagnosed and treated in the NHS and across the world.”

Story from the BBC