100,000 genomes project - transforming care

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The 100,000 Genomes Project is aiming to find the genetic cause for disease in families with rare diseases and patients with cancer and to transform the way people with genetic diseases are cared for in the NHS.

Learn more about genes, genomes and genome sequencingNew options are opening up for treating genetic diseases due to a better understanding of our genetic make up.  

The East of England NHS Genomics Medicine Centre, one of 13 national centres, will deliver 100,000 Genomes Project to patients and families with rare diseases or cancer. The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for.

Rare diseases are individually very uncommon. However, as there are between 5,000 and ,8000 of them, a surprisingly large number of people are affected in total. One in 17 people, or a total of about three million, have a rare disease in the UK. There is also over 330,000 new cases of cancer reported every year. Because cancer is more likely to occur as people age, the number of cancer cases is expected to rise as people live longer.

Genomics has great potential as both rare diseases and cancer are strongly linked to changes in the genome. Genomics has already started to guide doctors about the best treatment for individual patients, such as those with specific types of breast cancer. Many more types of disease could be helped in the future if only we knew which gene changes were important.

Come and find out if you or your family are eligible to take part in the 100,000 Genomes project. Come and meet us for more information about the project and to learn more about genes, genomes and genome sequencing. 

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