NEW YORK, June 27 - Earlier this week, the
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 t
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.