UK Biobank gets national go-ahead:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The UK Biobank project has been given the go-ahead to go national, following the success of its three-month, 3,800-subject pilot phase. Over the next 10 years, up to half a million people aged 40-69 will be invited to provide genetic and medical data and samples, with the aim of building a database, the analysis of which will be used to inform preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic policies. It also promises to support groundbreaking research into lifestyle and environmental influence on health. The pilot of the £61m ($115m) project is also noted for having set, it is claimed, new standards in automated blood-sample processing and tracking.