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Government confirms £250m for 100,000 Genomes Project

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George Freeman, the UK's minister for life sciences, has confirmed £250 million of additional funding for the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Speaking at the Festival of Genomics in London on 20 January, Freeman said that the money, first announced in the spending review in November 2015, would ensure the future of Genomics England, which delivers the project, up to 2021.

Freeman also said that the project, which aims to sequence 100,000 complete sets of DNA from around 70,000 NHS patients, has begun recruiting patients with cancer to its main phase.

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