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NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO – Illumina and Genomics England announced Monday a new agreement to sequence up to 300,000 genomes over five years.

Under the terms of the agreement, Illumina will deliver up to 300,000 "whole genome equivalents," with an option to increase the number to 500,000. Initially, samples from NHS patients in England with known rare diseases and cancer types will be eligible for whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to support diagnosis and inform treatment.

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