Annoucement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on New DNA Research
There is a reason why this country has for generations been the home of scientific research and breakthroughs, and that is because we attract the best and the brightest from around the world. And they come to our fantastic universities and they, as it were, collide like subatomic particles in a cyclotron and you get that flash of inspiration whether it’s in genomics or graphine or nuclear fusion research.
And so today, we’re announcing the biggest-ever DNA project this country has embarked on – sequencing the genomes of 500,000 people. But we’re also changing the rules on international students so that they can stay here longer, do their research for longer, to take forward the goals of humanity, but also of course to take forward this country and its economy.
And that is part of our ambition of taking back control of our immigration system with a points-based system – but making sure that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world.