A pensioner from Wellington is having his genetic code mapped to help launch a scientific revolution in the fight against a rare disease that limits your ability to walk.

Michael Bradley has suspected Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) and on Friday 23 March he became The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s (SaTH) 100th patient to take part in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

It is estimated that HSP – a rare generative disorder that causes weakness and stiffness in the leg muscles – affects about three in every 100,000 people.

Research Scientists from SaTH, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital, are working with The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre as part of NHS England’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project.

The project is expected to improve the prediction and prevention of cancer and rare conditions, enable new diagnostic tests and allow treatments to be personalised.

For the full story, take a look at SaTH’s website.

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