back to article Boffins score gene bonanza: EU countries pledge to share one million genomes by 2022

Thirteen European countries have agreed to link up genomic databases in a bid to give boffins access to a research cohort of more than one million genomes by 2022. The declaration commits the signatories - including the UK, Finland, Estonia and Spain - to work together to ensure secure cross-border access to genomic and other …

  1. AvalancheCat

    Estonian

    The Estonian national gene collection project: https://www.geenivaramu.ee/en

    I think they currently have 20000+ citizens sequenced(including me), and this year they hope to add 100,000 more.

    The motivation to volunteer: They provide personal gene consultations for the donors and hopefully in the next few years it (the sequenced genome) will make its way to peoples personal doctors.

    Although, I didn't know anything about them sharing it with the UK, Finland and Spain...wth

  2. SVV Silver badge

    Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again

    Theresa May big speech March 2018 : "On digital, the UK will not be part of the EU's Digital Single Market, which will continue to develop after our withdrawal from the EU." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43256183)

    Heading on April 2018 European Commission announcement linked to in article : "Digital Single Market"

    It looks like the UK government at some point in the recent past signed up to something that would be good for lucrative and beneficial British research, but she has now announced that we will be leaving....... And the EU hasn't noticed this yet. And presumably the UK hasn't either!

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    I'm fine with anything that will improve health . .

    . . as long as the megacorps do not manage to bilk the thing for yet more billions.

  4. teknopaul Bronze badge

    GDPR

    Hey boss, how we gonna anonimize this data set?

    1. GIRZiM Bronze badge
      Big Brother

      Re: GDPR (how we gonna anonimize this data set?)

      https://hbr.org/2015/02/theres-no-such-thing-as-anonymous-data

      https://www.fastcompany.com/3068846/how-your-location-data-identifies-you-gilad-lotan-privacy

      https://www.rd.com/culture/iphone-feature-tracking-location/

      https://www.technologyreview.com/s/607938/google-now-tracks-your-credit-card-purchases-and-connects-them-to-its-online-profile-of-you/

  5. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Joke

    A Briths Big Pharma executive outlines their position

    We wants.

    We needs it

    We must have European Genome Database.

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