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UK Government to Invest 50M in Genetics Initiative

NEW YORK, June 27 - Earlier this week, the UK government said that it plans to invest more than £50 million ($82.5 million) in genetics and genomics over the next three years.

 

Details of the initiative are published in a government White Paper entitled "Our Inheritance, Our Future - Realizing the potential of genetics in the NHS."

 

The largest part of the funding, £18 million ($29.7 million), will be used to upgrade genetics laboratories for genetic testing, and more than £7 million ($11.5 million) will go towards genetics-based healthcare.

 

Gene therapy research for single gene disorders will receive up to £3 million ($4.9 million), in addition to £2.5 million ($4.1 million) earmarked specifically for research into cystic fibrosis gene therapy. Moreover, £4 million ($6.6 million) will be spent on gene therapy manufacturing facilities.

 

Pharmacogenetics research on commonly used drugs will receive over £4 million ($6.6 million), which includes funding for a new university chair and department in pharmacogenetics.

 

Furthermore, the government plans to make it illegal to test someone's DNA without their consent.

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