PM announces new cancer DNA mapping project

A new £100m cancer DNA mapping project has been announced by Prime Minister David Cameron with the intent of pushing the boundaries of cancer treatment. According to Cameron, the aim was to push the boundaries of genetic sequencing in an attempt to offer better health service.

The government plan will include sequencing the genetic codes of over 100,000 Britons. This will likely offer a boost to the biotechnology sector of the country while also offer new insights into how to treat heart disease and cancer.

However, critics are concerned that the scheme is just a cover up for a future operation that will place the genome sequences of the UK population into computers so that they can be accessed by the police, drug companies, clinicians, and doctors.

Government officials have continued to emphasize that the point of the program is only to offer the information to health professionals that can use it to treat disease. If it were to be used for lager research purposes the government stated that the data would be left anonymous so that it cannot be linked back to the individual that it belongs too.

However, not everyone is convinced that it will be that easy to protect the gene data as GeneWatch pressure group member Helen Wallace stated that this will be a difficult of not nearly impossible task to encode that much data.

Wallace continued to explain that it is very hard to make the entire genome structure anonymous because you have to compose certain pieces of data in order to identify an individual. When you start to sequence the genomes of everyone you will have to link the data to make any research count and that brings into question if the information will be used by others with a vested interest.