Federal government launches program to use genetic mapping in SUS

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At a ceremony at the Planalto Palace, this Wednesday (10/14), with the presence of the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, and ministers, the government presented the Genomas Brasil program, which aims to map 100,000 genomes as a way prevent disease.

The ordinance that created the program was published on August 5 of this year in the Official Gazette (DOU). The publication amended Consolidation Ordinance No. 5 / GM / MS, of September 28, 2017, to institute the National Program for Genomics and Precision Health – Genomas Brasil and the Deliberative Council of the Genomas Brasil Program.

The investment planned for the first four years, according to the government, is R $ 600 million. The government hopes to “improve the understanding of the genetic variations typical of the Brazilian population, enabling, in the future, access to personalized treatments in the Unified Health System (SUS)”, informed the Planalto.

“The entrance of the BNDES will stimulate that the private initiative also invest resources”, said the president, who took advantage of the ceremony to praise the administration of Health Minister, Eduardo Pazuello, at the head of the portfolio.

The main goal of Genomas Brasil for the coming years is the creation of a national database with 100 thousand complete genomes of Brazilians.

For the government, “this bank will make it possible to understand the relationship between genes and diseases in the population, bringing improvements to SUS such as access to more accurate diagnoses, the ability to predict and prevent diseases and the customization of treatment based on genetic information”.

The project will sequence genes from carriers of rare, cardiac, cancer and infectious diseases, such as Covid-19. The choice of diseases took into account the number of cases in the country and the high cost they generate to SUS.

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