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100,000 Genomes Project

The 100,000 Genomes Project involves collecting and decoding complete sets of people’s genes – the human genome – to help scientists and doctors understand more about rare diseases and certain common cancers.

The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. The new tests can pinpoint the cause of disorders much more accurately which means that patients can receive medicine that is targeted to their particular problem. In time, patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before or potentially new and more effective treatments designed for them.

With agreement, samples of tissue from tumours and bloods tests will be collected from patients receiving treatment. The samples will be sent securely to a centre to sequence the whole genome and analyse it. The results will then be returned to clinicians, helping them make diagnostic and treatment decisions.

More information

For information about the project please see the Genomics England website.

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