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Electronic Medical Records Present More Options for Genomics Research

Emily Singer of MIT's Technology Review says the $20 billion in the stimulus bill allocated to helping doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records also has researchers "excited about the possibilities" of using those records for scientific study. Singer says doctors and researchers are looking through the vast amounts of data to figure out how to use it to answer various questions in medicine, "such as why patients can respond so variably to treatment, and how genetics or other factors might contribute to this." Researchers have had to invent new analytical methods to make sense of the data and ensure that results aren't biased, Singer writes. Dan Roden, a clinical pharmacologist at Vanderbilt University, has launched a pilot program linking medical records to genomics databases, according to Singer, starting with basic questions as to what informatics challenges could arise and the ethical quandaries of storing patients' information.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.