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Sixty seconds on . . . genome mapping

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l527 (Published 01 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l527
  1. Ann Robinson
  1. London, UK

Is this because the NHS is short of work?

Hilarious. When the Department of Health and Social Care says that every NHS patient will have the opportunity to have their whole genome sequenced for a fee through Genomics England, it’s considering the future. England’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, thinks population genetic testing can save lives, prevent illness, and reduce demand on the NHS.

Will it tell me how long I have to live?

No, it’s genomics not fortune telling. And clinical geneticist Anneke Lucassen thinks it …

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