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Chief Medical Officer annual report 2016: generation genome

Professor Dame Sally Davies's eighth report to government as Chief Medical Officer (CMO), looks at how genomics can improve health and prevent ill-health.


Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2016: generation genome

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This independent report discusses the current state of genomic service provision in the NHS in England. It explores the potential of genomics to improve health and prevent ill-health.

The report presents evidence and discussion around:

  • screening
  • diagnosing rare diseases
  • the use of genomics in personalised prevention

It highlights gaps in:

  • infrastructure
  • public engagement
  • organisation of research
  • provision of services

It makes recommendations to address these gaps and widen access to genomic services.

Professor Dame Sally Davies’s report is independent of government. Her recommendations are aimed at:

  • government
  • health system organisers
  • regulators
  • research and medical training bodies
  • healthcare professionals
Published 4 July 2017
Last updated 20 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Corrected version. Chapter 1: '3 to 4 billion letters' has been corrected to '3 to 4 million letters' in reference to the amount of each individual’s DNA that is different from that of other people.

  2. First published.