Gene Sequencing in China Set to Explode

Authorities in the Chinese city of Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, announced at the end of October 2017 a new project to sequence the genes of 1 million people and build a genetic database. The project will set up a large DNA sequencing platform and a “Big Data” biomedical center. The database will be used to study genetic mutations related to major diseases, examine interactions between genes and environmental issues on human health, and provide statistical support for diagnosis and treatment of major diseases, according to China News. The database in the 6 billion yuan ($907 million) project is expected to be completed in 4 years.