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One year on in the 100,000 Genomes Project

Two new NHS Genomic Medicine Centres have today been unveiled as being part of the unique, innovative and world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project - on the first anniversary of the project launching.

Yorkshire and the Humber and West of England are the latest NHS Genomic Medicine Centres to be added to the 11 centres already up and running. They are expected to start their work in February next year.

The 100,000 Genomes Project was announced by the Prime Minister in 2012 in a bid to transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases in the fast-emerging field of genomic medicine. Eleven sites were announced in December 2014, including Greater Manchester, and the new GMCs will cover two further regions: Yorkshire and Humber and West of England.

Bill Newman first recruits

The initiative involves sequencing 100,000 human genomes - complete sets of people's genes, plus all the DNA between genes - that will enable scientists and doctors to understand more about specific conditions.

Understanding DNA and how it can predict and prevent disease, provide a precise diagnosis and direct targeted treatment will soon play a role in every aspect of medicine, from cancer to cardiology.



Professor Bill Newman, Lead of Greater Manchester Genomic Medicine Centre has launched a new blog to coincide with the anniversary, please click here to read about the progress we've made in our first year.