As part of its Critical Path program to speed the movement of discoveries from bench to bedside, the US Food and Drug Administration has launched an initiative to bring biomarkers — including protein biomarkers — to the forefront of drug development, according to an agency official.

The FDA plans to issue guidelines to industry on what criteria are necessary in order for a biomarker to be used as a surrogate endpoint, and to promote the use of biomarkers systematically throughout the process of drug development.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

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