During his State of the Union address last night, US President Barack Obama announced a new precision medicine initiative to "bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier."

This, he added, will usher in "a new era of medicine  —  one that delivers the right treatment at the right time."

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The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

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