'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

Kelly Fiveash reports:

Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce plans for the NHS to create a massive database of patients’ DNA, which experts have advised could lead to massive health benefits and advances in medical technology. However the creation of such a database has obvious and far reaching privacy implications.

In an attempt to address such concerns, an official statement issued ahead of the announcements states that such data would be anonymised “apart from when it is used for an individuals own care”.

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