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Choice A or Choice B?

The inaugural post at the Personalized Medicine Coalition's new blog discusses the interplay of personalized medicine and comparative effectiveness. Amy Miller at The Age of Personalized Medicine writes that if "done right, CER could do more to advance personalized medicine than any other policy under consideration right now" but if "done wrong" could set the field back. She says that the US Congress has before it two comparative effectiveness bills, one of each flavor. Miller says the Senate Finance Committee's version incorporates personalized medicine into its comparative effectiveness proposal while the Senate HELP bill and H.R. 3200 give funds to conduct existing comparative effectiveness programs.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.