Wednesday, 12 December 2012

U.K. Unveils Plan to Sequence Whole Genomes of 100,000 Patients - ScienceInsider

100 million pounds for 100,000 WGS samples. 

Hmm how much goes into the bioinformatics and IT infrastructure ?

I suddenly recall British telecom foray into a "Siri " for medical genomics and how everything ties in together now. 

With genetic technology advancing quickly, the prime minister of the United Kingdom announced today an ambitious plan to fully sequence the genomes of 100,000 Britons with cancer and rare diseases. Although many countries are touting their efforts to decode their citizens' DNA in the name of treating and curing disease, the new project is unusual because it will decode entire genomes, not just parts of them.

Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement that the government's National Health Service (NHS) has earmarked £100 million, or about $160 million, to the effort. The money is part of £600 million ($965 million) announced last week for research in the coming years. The sequencing is expected to take 3 to 5 years.

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