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A new release of genetic data from half a million individuals by the UK Biobank this month has been accompanied by acute interest from the genomics community, which views the resource as a “game changer” for anyone working in human genetics. According to the initiative, which has collected data on a total of 500,000 individuals in the UK, more than 300 researchers from 139 different institutes around the world have already requested access to the full dataset since it became available in mid-July. Moreover, about 20 papers related to genetics have already appeared based on an earlier, partial release of the data, which organizers believe is just the start.

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