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[Comment] UK Biobank comes of age

UK Biobank is the most ambitious national initiative aiming to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. The baseline information obtained between 2006 and 2010 from 500 000 adults encompasses a vast range of characteristics, including sociodemographic information, physical measures, health and lifestyle factors, medical history, and blood measurements.1 The participants have been followed up for mortality for an average of 5 years. The wealth of data from UK Biobank is available to researchers worldwide, after an approved application.