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UK reaches goal of 100,000 genomes sequenced

The UK has become the first country to apply whole genome sequencing at scale in direct healthcare, the chairman of Genomics England has said.

The 100,000 Genomes Project—a five-year initiative run by Genomics England that aimed to sequence 100,000 whole genomes of NHS patients by the end of this year—has met its target, John Chisholm announced at a London event on 5 December.

“Today is a joyous day,” said Chisholm, adding that this feat was largely due to the collaboration between healthcare and science.

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