Genomics England works in partnership with the NHS to drive new scientific discoveries and translate these into healthcare through whole genome sequencing of– the 3.2 billion letters in our DNA which forms our genome and individual blueprint.
In December 2018, Genomics England revealed its 5 year ambition to sequence 100,000 whole genomes thanks to the generosity of more than 93,000 NHS patients and their family members. This world-leading effort was supported by at least 1,500 healthcare professionals from across the NHS and 3,000 scientists from 24 countries, through a transformative partnership with the sequencing company, Illumina.
Funding came from the Department of Health and Social Care, the National Institute for Health Research, NHS England, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.
Genomics England is also the custodian of this genomic data. Part of our role is to protect the data while giving access to researchers from academia and industry who are searching for ways to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients now and in the future via our datacentre which acts as a reading library.
To build on the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the Government tasked NHS England with support from Genomics England to launch a new NHS Genomic Medicine Service comprising a National Genomic Test Directory where 300,000 tests have been re-profiled and whole genome sequencing will be available for direct healthcare. Through 7 Genomic Laboratory Hubs this offers equitable access to the 55 million people in England to the latest genomic medicine and research. This will lead to faster diagnosis and personalised medicine.
Genomics England has been asked to prepare a plan for up to 5 million genomic tests over the next 5 years.
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