The Beyond 1 Million Genomes (B1MG) project aims to make it easier to share human health data around Europe. It will support the European Union's 1+ Million Genomes Initiative (1+MG), which aims to provide access to at least one million sequenced genomes in the EU by 2022.
The B1MG project will support this initiative by creating the infrastructure, the legal guidance and the best practices to enable this access. It will make it possible for scientists and clinicians to study the genotypic and phenotypic data from over one million people. This data will be linked, so the genetic data from one individual can be matched with their phenotypic data (like their weight, blood group and medical history).
But the project will look 'beyond' the 1+MG Initiative and drive the development of a data sharing infrastructure that goes beyond the lifetime of 1+MG, and beyond 1 million genomes.
Not sure what 'genotype' and 'phenotype' mean? See the Simple guide to the science.
The overall goal is to help develop national data sharing networks and connect them into an international network, where the data remains stored locally but is accessible across Europe. Scientists and clinicians can then access the huge amounts of linked
genotypic and phenotypic data across the 25 European countries in the project. This will: