UK Biobank will use samples of blood it has stored from participants to allow scientists to study genes (DNA) and their impact on the causes of disease.
DNA is stored in the cell nucleus. It is specially programmed to tell the cell when to grow and when to die. DNA varies slightly from individual to individual, which results in different physical characteristics. Differences may also mean that one person is more likely to get a particular illness than another. Lifestyle and the environment in which we live also play an important part in the development of a particular disease (e.g. smoking and lung cancer & heart disease).
UK Biobank will allow researchers to study the complex interaction of genes, lifestyle and environment. This research will also help doctors improve treatments and develop prevention strategies.
Below you can watch Professor Hugh Watkins of Oxford University presenting at our recent event for scientists on the most up to date information on the UK Biobank Genotyping study.
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