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Ten years on, Wellcome Trust launches study of 10,000 human genomes in UK
Date:6/24/2010

>UK10K starts exactly ten years after the draft of the first human reference genome was announced by the Human Genome Project.

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, says: "The pace of technological change is extraordinary. We can now study the genome sequences of 10,000 people in three years. Just a decade ago it took much more time and money to decode just a single sequence. The involvement of clinicians, researchers and, most importantly, the thousands of people who have donated DNA samples, will help us to correlate genetic variation with individual variation in health and disease, and help to deliver on the long term promise of the human genome project."

The UK10K project was co-developed by Professor Leena Peltonen, former head of Human Genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Professor Peltonen passed away on 11 March 2010 at her home in Finland after a long battle with cancer.

Dr Durbin says: "This project was co-developed by the amazingly energetic and inspiring Professor Leena Peltonen, who sadly died three months ago. I know Leena saw this project as a major opportunity to translate genomics to medical relevance, and we are excited about the opportunity to deliver a project of which she would be proud."


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Contact: Craig Brierley
c.brierley@wellcome.ac.uk
44-207-611-7329
Wellcome Trust
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