UK Biobank ‘close to signing up 500,000 participants’
Scientists behind one of the largest health projects in history say they are close to reaching their target of recruiting half a million participants.
UK Biobank hopes to find out how to prevent serious diseases, from cancer to arthritis, by establishing why some people develop them and others do not.
It will study the genes, lifestyles and health of volunteers over 30 years.
But critics fear the project will end up with healthy people being treated for illnesses they do not have.
The biobank is part of the largest and most detailed project ever to look into people's health, genes and lifestyles and how they interact to keep people healthy or make them ill.