Think Big: The UK 100,000 Genome Project
In late 2012 the 100,000 genome project was launched. UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new initiative led by the National Health Service to sequence the genomes of up to 100,000 people and to use their genomic information in treatment and studies of cancer and other diseases. The government set aside 100 million GBP for this project.
Genomics England which is heading the project now named 10 firms that have been selected to for the assessment of the next phase of the project. The companies are Congenica; Diploid; NantOmics; Genomics Ltd.; Illumina; Qiagen; Lockheed Martin; NextCode Health; Omicia; and Personalis.
As part of the recently completed stage, Genomics England in February sent out a questionnaire to 28 participants in relation to 10 cancer/normal samples and 15 rare disease trio samples.
Illumina is partnering as well and will contribute with the ultra-high throughput sequencing platform HiSeq XTM Ten.
What will be the next step? Sequencing everyone?