What is the 100,000 Genomes Project
Genes are made up of billions of pieces of DNA that define what we look like, our health, and the way our bodies work.
A genome is one whole set of a person’s genes, plus all the DNA between the genes. Genomics is the study of the whole genome and how it works, but has also come to have a broader meaning to include the way that the genome is interpreted and the technologies that have been developed because of it.
Our knowledge of genetics is increasing quickly. The 100,000 Genomes Project is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to decode the DNA sequences of 100,000 genomes from people who have a rare disease or condition, their families, and people with cancer.
The three-year project, which begin in February 2015, has the potential to transform the future of healthcare. It could improve the prediction and prevention of disease, enable new and more precise diagnostic tests, and allow personalisation of drugs and other treatments to specific genetic variants. In time, this is also hoped to create potential new treatments.