A new path for the NHS is opening up.
Thanks to advances in whole genome sequencing and data analytics, scientists and clinicians are exploring new ways of identifying the underlying cause of disease to deliver more precise, targeted diagnoses and treatments. 13 NHS Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs) across England are working with patients and participants in the 100,000 Genomes Project to lay the foundations for a personalised medicine service across the NHS.
The first 11 centres started recruiting patients with rare diseases early in 2015. One year on, and with two new centres joining their ranks, the infrastructure is now in place to start the main programme recruiting cancer patients.
This new phase in the project has seen scientists and clinicians devising, developing and testing new approaches tumour tissue handling, preparation and assessment methodology – setting global standards for tumour DNA extraction, whole genome sequencing and its analysis. More importantly, these new ways of working will deliver higher quality samples and faster, more accurate results for NHS patients.
Life Sciences Minister. George Freeman MP, has described the 100,000 Genomes Project as the UK’s ‘moonshot moment’ – where the skill, endeavour and technological brilliance of the nation led the race to produce an outcome that leads the world’s thinking.
With the active participation of NHS patients, clinicians, scientists and researchers involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project, we are on our way to deliver more predictive and preventive medicine; more precise diagnoses; targeted and personalised interventions.
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