The UK Biobank, the most comprehensive health study in the UK, is opening its doors to researchers.
It has collated about 20TB (terabytes) of securely stored data, the equivalent of 30,000 CDs-worth, on 500,000 people.
The aim of the biobank is to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, said the UK Biobank would be a “globally unique resource”.
The biobank began recruiting participants three years ago, and was open to people aged 40 to 69.
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