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The law contains provisions that proponents say will advance precision medicine and speed new tests to market, but critics worry if this will come at a cost to public health.

The Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act would ensure that federally funded researchers can't reveal genetic data that can identify study participants.

Since the PMI will take some time and more funds to implement, experts believe legislation is needed to ensure the project has continued support.

NextGxDx estimates more than 60,000 genetic test products would come under FDA oversight, which, if accurate, industry players fear would overburden test developers.

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More than a quarter of new drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2015 were personalized medicines, the Personalized Medicine Coalition says.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved four molecularly targeted drugs this month, suggesting that personalized medicine has "turned a corner."

The tool is aimed at facilitating a simple and efficient process that payors can use to asses a CDx's value and if further technology assessments are warranted.

Around 70 percent of cancer compounds and 40 percent of compounds for all indications are being developed with biomarker data.

The group hopes its proposed regulatory framework might strike a compromise between different industry stakeholders.

The discussion document contains many proposals for modernizing the way drugs and medical devices are advanced, but legislators are conspicuously silent on diagnostic regulations, specifically LDTs. 

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.