Singapore: 10K Genome Project

In 2000, the Genomic Institute of Singapore (GIS) was set up by the Singapore government to lead the development of genomic science locally. GIS then launched the “Singapore 10K Genome Project” in 2016 in view of the constraint that genomic profiles for clinical and research use has historically come from Western countries and individuals with European ancestry, data from individuals with Asian ancestry have been insufficient and underrepresented.

Through this pilot scheme, the GIS formed a large-scale genome database and formulated genomic profiles of three major ethnic groups – Chinese, Malay and Indian among Singapore’s citizens.

This project analysed data from 10,000 genome samples, including both patient cohorts and healthy cohorts free of major diseases. Data from this project benefits not only Singapore’s population, but also the medical research and development across Asia and Oceania.

Please click here for more details of the Project.