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Release V1 (11/10/2017)

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Version history

Version Date Description
0.1 06/10/2017 Initial draft of release note
1.0 11/10/2017 Final version that incorporates feedback


This document provides a description of the Main Programme Data Release v1 dated 11/10/2017.

This is our first formal release of data into the Research Environment. We intend to release data on a roughly quarterly basis although initial releases may be more frequent. In progressive releases, we will be incorporating new content, enhancing existing content and enabling more effective use of the existing and new data.

These data will be manifested within the current version of Genomics England Research Environment, accessed via the AWS virtual desktop interface and subject to all Genomics England data protection and privacy principles.

Release Overview

This release provides 19,865 genomes and associated clinical data. Of these, 17,338 are rare disease and 2,527 are cancer genomes.

  • Genomic data are manifested in file shares.
  • Clinical data are manifested in LabKey.

Some genomic data are currently called against GRCh37 and some against GRCh38, and there is also a mixture of Illumina’s alignment pipelines v2 and v4, reflecting the versions that were applicable at the time of sequencing. The versions for each genome are identified in the Genome table. We intend to recall all our genomes on a consistent basis in the future.


The intended audience for this document is researchers that have access to the Genomics England Research Environment.

Identifying this data release

The clinical data, secondary data, and tabulated bioinformatic data for this data release, and the paths to the applicable genome files, are found in the following LabKey folder:

main-programme /main-programme_v2_2017-10-11

Subsequent releases will be identified by an incremental increase in the version number and the date of data release.


In scope

Data that are in scope for this release:

  • Cancer and rare disease data for consented main programme participants with current consent. These data include:
  • genomic data
  • clinical data for those whom we are providing genomic data
  • Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data for the above subset: HES Accident and Emergency, HES Admitted Patient Care and HES Outpatient Care.

Out of scope

Data that are out of scope for this release:

  • Clinical and genomic data for participants that have withdrawn from the 100,000 Genomes Project.
  • Participant data from the pilot phases of the project (ie not main programme).
  • Interpretation request data and tiered variants (ie gene panels, interpretation settings and results of the interpretation pipeline).
  • Formal pedigree data on rare disease participants although pedigree can be unambiguously derived from the relationship data provided for the large majority of families.
  • Data on participants for those whom we do not yet hold sequence data.
  • Other sources of secondary data other than HES.

Quality Notes

  • BAM and VCF genomic data files are as they have been delivered to us by our sequencing provider. These have all passed an initial QC check based on sequencing quality and coverage. They have, however, not all undergone our in-house genetic checks and we therefore cannot guarantee against genetic versus reported discrepancies.
  • Because of the availability of data at the time of release, some families lack a proband. These families without probands will also lack a diagnosis unless there is a second affected individual in the family. The missing data will be made available in a future release.
  • Clinical data and HES data have been provided as submitted and have undergone limited validation.
  • We do not yet have a complete HPO dataset for all participants in this release. The missing data will be made available in a future release.

Change Summary

The change summary below summarises the changes in each release:

Data release Description
main-programme_v1_2017-10-11 * This data release represents the baseline for subsequent releases.

Data release description

Below is a description of the LabKey tables and their associated data fields.



Field Description
assembly The genome assembly versions in this release. GRCh37 is represented as 37 and GRCh38 as 38
participant_id GEL participant ID
platekey The well identifier for the sequence, a composite of plate_id and well_id
delivery_id The ID number of the delivered sequence
delivery_date The date the sequence was delivered
delivery_version The illumina pipeline version
path The path to the sequence folder on the genomes drive
plate_id The ID number of the original plate used for sequencing
well_id The well of the sequence on the plate
laboratory_sample_id The ID number of the sample used for sequencing
clinic_sample_type The type of sample sequenced. Possible values: DNA Blood Germline; DNA FF Tumour; DNA FFPE Tumour; DNA; DNA Fibroblast; DNA Saliva; DNA FF Germline
type The type of sample. Possible values: rare disease; cancer germline; cancer tumour; unknown


Field Description
participant_id GEL participant ID
study_type Whether the participants is Rare Disease or Cancer
sex_at_birth Gender of participant at birth. 1 = Male; 2 = Female; 9 = Unknown


Field Description
participant_id GEL participant ID
family_id The family ID
domain GECIP domain

Rare disease


Field Description
disease_group The disease group as described by the clinician
disease_group_normalised The disease group has been standardised using Genomics England naming convention. Note: This may change over time.
disease_subgroup The disease subgroup as described by the clinician
disease_subgroup_normalised The disease subgroup has been standardised using Genomics England naming convention. Note: This may change over time
specific_disease The specific disease as described by the clinician
specific_disease_normalised The specific disease has been standardised using Genomics England naming convention. Note: This may change over time
participant_id GEL participant ID

Note: please refer to the GECIP Confluence page for the rare disease data model.


Field Description
participant_id GEL participant ID
participant_type_id Whether the participant is a proband, or a relative
relative_biological_relationship_to_proband_id The relationship between the participant and the proband, values only present where participant_type_id = relative
family_id The family ID

Note: please refer to the GECIP Confluence page for the rare disease data model


Field Description
hpo_term The accompanying HPO term description
hpo_code The HPO term identifier
participant_id GEL participant ID
hpo_term_presence Whether the HPO term is present or absent. Possible values: yes; no; unknown



Field Description
participant_id GEL participant ID
disease_type_id The cancer type of the tumour sample submitted to Genomics England
tumour_subtype The subtype of the cancer in question

Note: please refer to the GECIP Confluence page for the cancer data model.

Medical history - HES data

HES data tables provided are Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient Care, and Accident and Emergency.

Contact and Support

For all queries relating to this data release please contact the Genomics England Service Desk portal: Service Desk The Service Desk is supported by dedicated GECIP team members for all relevant questions.

However, there is an expectation that GECIP domains are self-organised and self-managing. We will be providing a GECIP chat service that will operate within the Research Environment so that users can collaborate to resolve problems as a community. We will monitor GECIP chat ourselves and if we identify solutions to problems we will share with all users simultaneously.

Last update: November 3, 2023