The project will cover major areas of China, focussing on the dominant Han ethnic group but also including nine ethnic minorities with a population of 5 million or more. A major goal is to study transformation from health to disease, environmental impacts, and the interactions between environmental factors and genes, and its influence on people’s health. The study is aimed to provide references for medical research or clinical diagnosis and treatment of diseases in China. The entire process of sequencing and analysis of the project is scheduled to be completed within four years. Chief Scientist is WANG Yadong, Harbin Institute of Technology.

China Bio news release, December 29, 2017