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PM hopes to make Britain 'world leader in genetics'

Prime Minister David Cameron hopes Britain will become a world leader in genetic research after unveiling a "landmark" £300 million project which will map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences.

The study, which will be completed in 2017, aims to lead the way in research on cancer and rare diseases and could be pivotal to the development of future personalised treatments, which has the potential to revolutionise medicine.

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Minister: The genetics revolution is changing medicine

The genetics revolution "is changing medicine," life sciences minister George Freeman has said.

"Genetics is allowing us to really understand which patients are getting which diseases and why," he continued.

"It means we can diagnose earlier, develop preventative medicines, we can develop new treatments."

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