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The FCC Values Data

Dan Vorhaus at the Genomics Law Report considers what the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan could mean for genomics and personalized medicine. In Section 10.4, he says, the FCC conjures the value of data and the importance of consumer access. "In focusing on the value of data the FCC clearly indicates that it’s interested in liberating all types of healthcare data — patient and provider, administrative, research and clinical — from the 'proprietary siloed' systems that do not communicate with one another and therefore cannot be easily exchanged, aggregated or analyzed," Vorhaus writes. Further, the FCC acknowledges the merits of dispersing genomic data, as it "could help researchers better understand the interplay of genetics and the environment." As far as access is concerned, Vorhaus points out that the FCC recognizes the importance of "consumers" having access to their healthcare data. "With seamless access to their raw health data including lab data and prescriptions, consumers could plug the information into specialized applications of their choice and get personalized solutions for an untold number of conditions," the plan reads.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.