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Wales Launches National Precision Medicine Initiative

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Welsh government yesterday launched the Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy, an initiative aimed at advancing genomics research and personalized healthcare in Wales.

Unveiled in April, the strategy includes establishing medical and public health genomics services to enable quicker and more accurate diagnosis of disease; supporting Welsh-led genomics and precision medicine research efforts; promoting partnerships in genomics for precision medicine; and developing the Welsh National Health Service (NHS Wales) and overall research workforce in Wales.

The program is being supported with a £6.8 million ($8.6 million) investment from the Welsh government, and was developed in partnership with NHS Wales, the Third Sector, and higher education institutions.

"The strategy … has the potential to revolutionize medicine and public health," Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said in a statement. It is "not just about providing new test results; it is also about the care and support that patients need in accessing these services and providing them with the information that they need to make the right decision for themselves and their condition, armed with the most accurate, up-to-date, and considered information available."