Building Population Genetics Resources Using the U.K. NHS

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Science  09 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5412, pp. 267-268
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5412.267

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The United Kingdom National Health Service is a high-quality health care system, providing a comprehensive service to 59 million people, which also has the potential to serve as a unique resource for population genetics research. Capitalizing on the, as yet, untapped value will require appropriate scientific and clinical skills matched with large-scale computational infrastructure and proactive, transparent, and coherent policies for addressing the ethical, legal, social, and political issues arising from the use of clinical information. Public-private partnership is essential to maximize this opportunity to ensure that the clinical benefits of genetic epidemiology are realized and forge the evolution of increasingly rational care.