After close to 5 years of work, the GenomeDenmark consortium has now finalized the efforts to establish a Danish Reference genome.

Due to the unique and high quality approach, the consortium consisting of three Danish universities and the genomics company BGI Europe has been able to analyze otherwise intractable genomics regions for the first time.

Furthermore and also for the first time, the Danish study has thoroughly mapped non-simple variation among individuals.

Such information increases our understanding of how genetic differences affect the health and development of disease for individuals - and is the basis for implementation of the precision medicine concept.

The GenomeDenmark project leader Prof. Karsten Kristiansen, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen says "With a combined national effort and unique approach, we have demonstrated that even a relatively small consortium can provide an important new genomics standard to the scientific community.

We see our approach as part of the basis for the precision medicine agenda and hope that the national funding bodies and government will exploit the opportunity to increase the Danish efforts in this area - to improve the future public health and capture a health economics impact."

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