World-leading DNA project will be highlighted in Norwich

A g-tube for breaking down DNA into larger pieces in the lab at The Genome Analysis Centre. Picture:

A g-tube for breaking down DNA into larger pieces in the lab at The Genome Analysis Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A world-leading DNA project will be highlighted in Norwich tomorrow, as it aims to sequence 100,000 complete sets of DNA from around 70,000 NHS patients.

In the morning, from 10.30am, bus operator First Eastern Counties will support the 100,000 Genomes Project and prostate cancer charity Prostaid at Castle Meadow, as they try to spread awareness of the different types of cancer and how they are all linked.

The company has supplied a bus which is touring the East of England following a conference in Leicester about the project transforming the treatments for cancer in the NHS.

Information will be provided on how likely people are to getting cancer based on hereditary and ethnicity backgrounds,and also advice on palliative care and treatment.

In the afternoon, the public can visit the special double-decker bus at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) bus stops between 12,30pm - 3pm.


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NNUH has recruited nearly 50 patients for the project so far and has set up a dedicated genome research team due to recruit about 30 patients a month over the next 18 months with cancers such as breast, colorectal, renal, ovarian, melanoma and testicular.

On-board information and the NNUH 100,000 Genome team will be on board to help patients understand more about the national project and what happens if they are diagnosed with cancer and want to take part in the research study.

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