NHS to sequence the genome of 100,000 people

The NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre (NGEDC) welcomed today’s government announcement of a project in the NHS to sequence the genomes of 100,000 people.

Whole-genome-testing-image-100pxIt is anticipated that the data gathered from this programme will transform the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The NGEDC is continuing to develop educational initiatives to ensure that health professionals within the NHS are able to apply genomic information appropriately to inform clinical decision making.PF Profile shot 2011

Peter Farndon, NGEDC Director said ‘The field of genomics has advanced rapidly to the stage where we can now apply genomic information clinically to inform diagnosis, management and treatment decisions. This project is a huge leap forward in genomic healthcare which should lead to the personalisation of therapies.’