Canada's Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence in Vancouver is using C$1.5 million (US$1.5 million) in funding from Genome British Columbia and other groups to develop a molecular test intended to personalize treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The protein and mRNA biomarker-based test will determine COPD patients' risk of acute exacerbations, which the PROOF researchers hope can be used to guide treatment for the disease and reduce the incidence and cost of hospitalizations.

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Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

A Thomson Reuters analysis indicates that the life sciences, rather than the tech sector, are increasingly driving global innovation.

The White House says ethical discussions about genome editing of the human germline are needed.

In Genome Research this week: mitochondrial and nuclear gene fusions in cancer, role of genomic imprinting in tissue-specific gene expression, and more.