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A project to unravel the genetic changes underlying rare disease and cancers of more than 1,200 patients and their families who are looked after by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) has started.

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The project will aid research, improve diagnosis and ultimately clinical outcomes so NHS patients can receive care based on cutting edge scientific techniques.

Eligible patients with rare diseases and cancers are being invited to provide health data and blood and tissue samples for whole genome sequencing - where a complete set of a person's genes is decoded - for the national 100,000 Genomes Project, which was supported by a pilot by the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre (OMDC) at the Trust's John Radcliffe Hospital.

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