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Genome sequencing for all 'within ten years'

Published on 25/06/2010
People in the UK could be receiving personalised private healthcare within the next decade thanks to gene-mapping technology.

That is according to Dr Francis Collins, director of the US National Institutes of Health, who believes the falling cost of genome sequencing could mean the majority of people in developed countries will be able to make use of the technology in the near future.

In an interview with The Times to mark the tenth anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome, he said this would enable medical practitioners to offer bespoke healthcare by indentifying patients with a higher inherited risk of developing certain diseases.

"Certainly within ten years I will be very surprised and very disappointed if most people in the developed world will not have their genomes sequenced as part of their medical record, and I would hope it will come even sooner," Dr Collins told the news provider.

He added that he expects the cost of mapping an individual's genes to fall to below $1,000 (£668) within the next five years.

The Human Genome Project began in 1990 and took ten years to complete its mapping of the 23,000 genes that make up human DNA.
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