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Patients with rare diseases to have DNA mapping

10th December 2012

The Prime Minister is due to announce the creation of a genetic database which will contain the details of 100,000 people in England.


David Cameron will say that £100 million will fund the project over the next three to five years.

The database will contain the genetic code sequences of people who have cancer or rare conditions.

The database aims to provide researchers with ways of creating new treatments and allow doctors to better understand their patients' needs.

Critics of the project have said they are concerned the information could be passed on to insurance companies and compromise patients' privacy.

Speaking ahead of the announcement David Cameron said: "By unlocking the power of DNA data, the NHS will lead the global race for better tests, better drugs and above all better care."

Prof Dame Sally Davies, England's chief medical officer,  said: "Single gene testing is already available across the NHS ranging from diagnosing cancers to assessing patients' risk of suffering side effects from treatment."

"At the moment, these tests focus on diseases caused by changes in a single gene. This funding opens up the possibility of being able to look at the three billion DNA pieces in each of us so we can get a greater understanding of the complex relationship between our genes and lifestyle." 


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