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What can we learn from 500,000 genomes?

Genetic data on this scale, along with existing UK Biobank participant data, will allow researchers to make previously impossible discoveries about health and disease.

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A thank you to participants

Without the extraordinary altruism of our participants, we wouldn't be able to continue enhancing this extraordinary resource for science.

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What is UK Biobank?

UK Biobank is a large-scale biomedical database and research resource containing de-identified genetic, lifestyle and health information and biological samples from half a million UK participants.

It is the most comprehensive and widely-used dataset of its kind, and is globally accessible to approved researchers who are undertaking health-related research that is in the public interest, whether they are from academic, commercial, government or charitable settings.

UK Biobank is helping to advance modern medicine and enable better understanding of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart
disease and stroke.