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Precision Medicine Initiative

The program's participant center at the Scripps Research Translational Institute is planning to test different modules for returning results.

The project has signed up about 170,000 participants so far, of whom 100,000 are fully enrolled, and plans to enhance recruitment through pop-up clinics.

The multi-disciplinary health initiative aims to sequence over 100,000 patients' genomes by 2023 as part of its Mosaic Project.  

For the two five year grants, the NIH will favor applicants with experience providing counseling throughout the US and to diverse and disadvantaged communities.  

The centers will generate genomic data from biosamples contributed by participants in the program and analyze data that will be returned to them.

Eric Green, NHGRI director

Fifteen years after the Human Genome Project was declared completed, genomic medicine is beginning to be implemented, sooner than Green and others had expected.

During a webcast to discuss the recent funding announcement for genome centers, project organizers offered details on data generation and return of results.

The All of Us Participant Technology Systems Center offers web and mobile apps to aggregate data and engage patients who join the All of Us cohort program.

Although people have greater access to personalized drugs and tests than ever before, a survey by GenomeWeb and the PMC shows public awareness isn't improving.  

Ahead of the national launch, 44,000 early participants signed up for the program during a beta phase, and 26,000 people have completed the enrollment process.

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