22nd December 2014
Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up
in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted
treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer
and rare genetic diseases.
The aim is to sequence 100,000 genomes within three years in
order to develop new tests and drugs. Doctors will offer suitable
patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme. They will have
to agree to have their genetic code and medical records - stripped
of anything that could identify them - made available to drugs
companies and researchers. Up to 25,000 cancer patients will have
the genetic code of their healthy tissue compared to the genetic
code of their tumour.
A giant game of spot-the-difference will then take place to
identify the precise mutations in DNA that are causing a patient's
tumour. This would allow targeted medicines to be developed.
17th February 2014
22nd - 24th September 2014
Arena Convention Centre, Liverpool
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