The UK Biobank project could cost billions of pounds without producing any useful results, according to Alec Jeffreys, the scientist best known for inventing DNA fingerprinting.
"The project could soak up billions (of pounds), quite easily," Jeffreys was reported as saying. "My concern is whether a study constructed in that way will be effective at teasing out really quite subtle genetic factors influencing disease."
Jeffreys' concerns were backed up by David Goldstein, professor of genetics at University College London, who told
"I am not persuaded that this is...