Genome revolution targets treatments for common cancers – Science – News – The Independent

NHS patients in England will be the first in the world to participate in an ambitious government-led programme to sequence 100,000 genomes as part of a “paradigm shift” in healthcare focusing on the genetic causes of disease.

The NHS has set up 11 “genomic medicine centres” across England as part of the first wave in a future network of more than 100 centres that will recruit tens of thousands of patients with cancer and rare genetic disorders between 2015 and 2018.

Initially the project will focus on five common cancers – breast, bowel, ovarian, lung and CLL leukaemia – and 110 inherited conditions. It is hoped that the programme will help in the development of new drugs and diagnostic tests, heralding a new era of personalised medicine.

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Genome revolution targets treatments for common cancers – Science – News – The Independent.

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