The UK's Department of Health last week pledged up to £100 million ($148 million) to sequence the genomes of 100,000 patients over the next five years, with an immediate focus on lung and pediatric cancers, and rare and infectious diseases.

Dubbed the 100K Genomes Project, the effort will be coordinated through Genomics England, a company the DH established in April to handle contracts for specialist UK-based companies, universities and hospitals that will supply sequencing, data linkage, and analysis services.

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