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The National Health Service in England has outlined a 10-year plan that includes the expansion of genetic testing, New Scientist reports.

In its proposal, NHS England has said it would offer under this plan whole-genome sequencing to all children with cancer to help deliver treatments tailored to their specific cancers, according to New Scientist. The BBC says the plan also includes genetic testing for children with rare genetic disorders.

New Scientist adds that NHS England's plan also includes genetic testing for individuals with high cholesterol levels.

The BBC says NHS estimates that its new plan could save 500,000 lives and, according to New Scientist, Prime Minister Theresa May says it would "provide the best possible care for every major condition, from cradle to grave." Critics, however, say it may lead to funding and staffing issues, it adds.