NHS to offer paid-for genetic blueprints that predict health risks

Monday 28 January 2019 12:35 PM UTC

LONDON Jan 28: The NHS will allow people to pay for a report of their genetic blueprint that can predict major health risks.

Genetic data will be used to put together a health report that, it is claimed, can predict the risk of contracting a range of serious conditions such as cancer and dementia.

The initiative follows the launch of the 100,000 Genomes Project in 2012.

This has produced tens of thousands of genetic blueprints sequenced from NHS patients with cancers and rare diseases.

Data from the genomes is being stored both to benefit the 85,000 patients who contributed their DNA and to assist medical research.

Future paying customers will be obliged to share their anonymised genetic data to aid Genomes Project research.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Genomics has the potential to transform healthcare and I’m really proud that the UK is leading the world through the 100,000 Genomes Project.