David Cameron Has Announced the Government’s Support for a Human-Genome Mapping Project in England
Prime Minister Cameron has announced that the four year project will allow scientists to decode 100,00 human genomes, in support of the UK government’s big data projects over the last few years.
The aim of the project is to aid research into cancer and other rare diseases by sequencing the genomes of those that have already been afflicted.
The British Prime Minister announced that the project would benefit from a partnership with San Diego based biotech company Illumina, whose services will cost the British government £78 million.
An enthusiastic David Cameron said of the project that ‘the agreement will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years. 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.’
The Wellcome Trust is spending £27m on a sequencing hub to help towards the government’s aims.
The project is currently in its pilot phase and the main project begins in 2015.
Read more about it here: Cameron announces £300m big data human genome database project