Cambridge, UK. Sources at the Wellcome Trust have told us that the UK10K project is really annoyed at Genomics England for stealing the limelight.
The UK10K project was funded by Wellcome in 2010 and aimed to sequence 10,000 individuals within the UK, and help link genotype to phenotype. Led by the Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute, it used to be one of the biggest DNA sequencing projects around.
However, last year, Genomics England was announced, which aims to sequence 100,000 clinically relevant individuals in the UK over the next 5 years, completely blowing UK10K out of the water.
“I can’t believe it!” our source fumed. “They have totally stolen our thunder. We have been so innovative! We were so original! We saw there was the 1000 genomes project, and we thought, let’s do something completely different – let’s do 10,000 genomes! That’ll show them! But now this…. this… this…. ah, feck, now we’re going to have to try and get the million genomes project funded!”
Unfortunately, unknown to our source, the million genomes project has already been formed. The race is now on for researchers to see who can be the first to promise 10 million genomes, 100 million genomes and 1 billion genomes. The actual point of doing these projects is still being debated in many scientific quarters.