'Precision Medicine'

The National Research Council panel has called for the formation of what could be termed the "Google Maps of human disease," says ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The panel, formed last year at NIH's request to reform the current system of disease classification, says there is a need for a large data network that combines the latest genomic and molecular data on diseases with patients' medical records, Kaiser says.

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