Hinxton, 19 July, 2017 - Genomic data from the 500,000 people participating in the UK Biobank initiative will be distributed via the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA), a resource developed jointly by EMBL-EBI and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain.

It is an unprecedented collection that offers endless possibility and substantial efficiency savings for biomedical research and understanding the causes of disease.

Around 500,000 people from across the UK, between the ages of 40 and 69, participated in UK Biobank between 2006 and 2010, undergoing extensive measurements and genotyping.

By partnering with the EGA, the UK Biobank can make the data available through robust community-agreed standards and practices," says Jordi Rambla, Team Leader for the EGA at the CRG in Barcelona.

"These are exactly the type of high-demand human genetic datasets we're here to provide," says Thomas Keane, Team Leader for the EGA and Archive Infrastructure at EMBL-EBI.

These deep, baseline measurements cover many different phenotypes, and are in significant demand from people working in all areas of the biomedical sciences.

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