A new genetics project could help “unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases”, the NHS says.

Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.

It is focusing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

The aim is to sequence 100,000 genomes within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs.

Doctors will offer suitable patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme.

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