Ninety thousand babies and their families will be studied from the cradle to the grave in a landmark research project to measure health and happiness.Just the mothers? Anyone plan to ask the fathers too?
Pregnant mothers will be approached next year to enter their unborn babies in the study, which will also track ‘social mobility’ in later life.
Still, if it’s non-invasive, what’s the har…
They will also collect blood samples to examine levels of vitamins and minerals.How frequently?
And can I just suggest that the sort of parent that would offer up their child to the government to be poked, prodded, questioned and sampled for the rest of its life is precisely the sort that shouldn’t be having kids in the first place?
Interestingly, I wonder what happens when that child comes of age and says ‘Actually, I don’t consent to this!’..?
Oh, and remember all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the budget crisis, and how hard choices have to be made?
Well, guess who’s paying?
A new giant research centre will be established to hold the data and study educational and career achievements, as well as monitor health developments.That’s right! YOU are:
The project will cost £33.5 million to run for the first year, with £28.5 million coming from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and rest coming from the Economic and Research Council and Medical Research Council.That’d pay for a few libraries and lollipop ladies, wouldn’t it?