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First 11 genomic medicine centres are named by NHS England

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7787
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Eleven genomic medicine centres will start recruiting patients with cancer and rare diseases for genomic sequencing through the 100 000 Genomes Project from February next year, NHS England has announced.

Around 75 000 people will have their genomes sequenced to help identify genetic differences. These will predominantly be patients but will also include close relatives of patients with rare diseases. Participants will be required to give a blood sample, and cancer patients will also give a tumour sample so that any genetic traits in their tumours can be pinpointed.

George Freeman, minister for life sciences, told a press conference that the project would take …

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