Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

UK to Invest $7.7M in Genomics Research, with a Focus on Projects Using High-Throughput Sequencing


The UK's Technology Strategy Board said last week that it would invest up to £5 million ($7.7 million) in genomics-based research and development projects, particularly ones using high-throughput sequencing.

The board will begin taking proposals, which must be led by a business, on Oct. 12. After Nov. 18, a select group will be invited to submit full applications by Jan. 19, 2011, and a final decision will be made on Feb. 16.

The board said projects could cover a range of topics including the identification of economically important traits in livestock and crops, biomarker discovery, metagenomics, infectious disease, the development of vaccines and antimicrobials, and genetic improvements to commercially relevant organisms.

Additionally, all proposals must demonstrate commercial application as well as a "credible route to market."

Citing "amazing" technological progress in the field of genomics over the last decade, Ian Gray, chief executive of the strategy board, said in a statement that "the challenge for UK business is to capitalize on the opportunities provided by these technological advances."

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.