Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the 100,000 Genomes Project has met its original aim to sequence 100,000 whole genomes. The pioneering scheme set out in 2012 to uncover new diagnoses and to improve treatment for patients with rare inherited diseases.
The project has already enabled one in four participants with rare diseases to receive a diagnosis for the first time. In addition, up to half of cancer patients have received actionable results with opportunities to receive targeted therapy.
“Understanding the human code on such a scale is part of our mission to provide truly personalised care to help patients live longer, healthier and happier lives”
“I’m incredibly excited about the potential of this type of technology to unlock the next generation of treatments, diagnose disease earlier, save lives and enable patients to take greater control of their own health.”
– Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
As a result of the work of the project the NHS Genomics Medicine Service aims to be able to deliver access to genomic testing from 2019.