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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NHS 'one of world's go-to health services' on genetics

David Cameron has announced a package of deals into gene therapy worth £300 million. Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

The NHS is set to become "one of the world's 'go-to' health services" for the development of innovative genomic testing, the head of NHS England has said.

Speaking as a "landmark" project to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences was announced, Simon Stevens said:

The NHS' comparative advantage in unlocking patient benefits from the new genomic revolution stems from our unique combination of a large and diverse population, with universal access to care, multi-year data that spans care settings, world-class medicine and science, and an NHS funding system that enables upstream investment in prevention and new ways of working.

– NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens

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