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UK launches Biobank study

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The world's largest study of the interactions between genes, the environment and lifestyle was launched 29.04.02. The UK Biobank project will ultimately seek to improve the diagnosis, treatment and preventative strategies of a range of disorders, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The study is expected to involve around 500,000 volunteers aged 45-69 years. The Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust have each committed an initial £20 million ($29.1 million) to the project, with a further £5 million coming from the Department of Health.

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