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Consortium hopes to sequence genome of 1000 volunteers

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39472.676481.DB (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:237
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    A thousand people are to have their genomes sequenced in an ambitious three year project that will create the most comprehensive catalogue so far of human genetic variation.

    The 1000 Genomes Project is to be carried out by an international consortium including the Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom, the US National Human Genome Research Institute, and the Beijing Genomics Institute in China. The estimated cost is between $30m (£15m; €20m) and $50m.

    A thousand volunteers have already been recruited from Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. They have given informed consent for their DNA to be analysed and placed in public databases. The donors are …

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