• By ICR Secretariat
  • Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018

500,000 Britons’ Genomes Will Be Public by 2020, Transforming Drug Research


"Six drug firms are paying to sequences the genes of every volunteer in the UK Biobank.

In an effort to vault genetics into a new era of big data, six drugs companies say they will decode the genes of half a million Brits and then make the data public- all by 2020.

The plan will turn the UK Biobank, the source of the DNA samples, into the world's single biggest concentration of genetic and health data anywhere, giving scientists and drug companies a powerful tool for understanding diseases.

The UK Biobank is already a treasure trove: a public database containing carefully assembled medical records, test results, and even psychological assessments the country has collected from 500,000 volunteers."

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