NHS to offer genetic tests to healthy British people on condition that they share their genetic data

January 28, 2019
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by Nardev Ramanathan
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The NHS U.K. offers free genetic testing for the seriously ill as part of routine care. Now, the NHS will offer genetic tests to anyone, for a fee, with one condition – they must agree to share their anonymized data with the NHS. Having more population-level genomic data will deepen our understanding of human genetics not just in rare variants, but also in more common genetic variants that predispose people to diseases like diabetes. As the U.K. leads the way in genomic medicine, other countries are likely to follow its lead, particularly former British colonies. The lack of genomic data, particularly in Asia, presents significant market opportunities in diagnostics and data analytics that clients should look to exploit right away. 

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