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R&D Alliance Between FDA, NCI, and CMS to Focus on Cancer Biomarkers, PGx; Industry Could Play Role, Clinical Data,

The US Food and Drug Administration, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have created a new Oncology Biomarker Qualification Initiative with an aim of using biomarkers, including genomic and proteomic markers, to help develop drugs and diagnostics, the agencies announced this week.

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CBC Marketplace commissions DNA testing of chicken sandwiches at Subway and other fast-food chains.

In a speech to Congress, President Donald Trump called the drug approval process at FDA "slow and burdensome."

In Genome Research this week: algorithm to tease out strains from metagenomic sequences, drug resistance mechanisms in cancer cells, and more.

Variants in the IFITM3 gene affect inflammatory response to infection, UPI reports.