London: Personalised medicine and individualised treatments could be a possibility in the “very near future” as everybody will soon be able to have their entire DNA make-up mapped for as little as 100 pounds, a leading professor has revealed.Sir John Bell, professor of medical sciences at Oxford University, adviser on genetics to the government and chair of its human genomics strategy group, made his comments as David Cameron launched a national DNA database of up to 100,000 patients with cancer or rare diseases.“The price of genome sequencing has been falling off a cliff. It has fallen by 100,000-fold in 10 years. We are headed for 100-pound a genome. That will happen in the very near future,” the Telegraph quoted Sir John as saying.He told Radio 4’s Today programme that that means everybody’s genetic make up would therefore be available if they wish it to be.“Genetics is a key component of all common diseases. There is a possibility that this will help in a whole variety of ways including the use of new drugs,” he said. The UK will be the first country to introduce hi-tech DNA mapping within a mainstream health system in a move designed to help it lead the world in tackling cancer and rare diseases, Downing Street said.
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