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Major new DNA sequencing project launched in England

13th December 2012

A large-scale DNA mapping initiative is being launched in England with the aim of laying the foundation for the development of new drugs and tests in the future.

The 100 million pound project will involve the DNA of up to 100,000 patients with cancer and other rare diseases being mapped over the next three to five years, with funding to also be spent on staff training and the creation of appropriate systems.

Technological advances have allowed DNA mapping procedures to be carried out for a cost of less than 1,000 pounds per person, with all patients involved in the scheme to be asked for permission and data to be anonymised before use.

England will become the first country to introduce genetic sequencing to its mainstream health service under the new scheme.

Science minister David Willetts said: "Life science is one of the most truly international sectors – so if we are to continue to be a world player and compete in the global race we must do everything we can to support it."

This comes as part of prime minister David Cameron's ongoing efforts to make the UK a world leader in medical technology through investments in innovative projects.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801506338-ADNFCR

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