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UK announces £178m for genomics research

£105 million targeted at speeding up the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in newborns

The government has announced a major new funding package for genomics research, focusing in particular on the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in babies.

Worth a total of £178 million, the funding includes £105m for a study led by Genomics England in partnership with the NHS to explore the effectiveness of using whole-genome sequencing to find and treat rare genetic diseases in newborns.

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