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Precision Medicine Initiative

Eric Dishman, Director, All of Us Research Program

NIH has been conservative on the PMI's budget and its funds are sufficient to launch enrollment next year, begin collecting data, and initiate genetic testing pilot projects.

Personalized medicine proponents are uncertain where funding, personnel, and priorities will land in a new administration and Congress.

A beta-testing community is providing feedback on the PMI's recruitment efforts, which are slated to kick off in the first quarter of 2017.

The healthcare provider organizations are tasked with managing patient enrollment in the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Researchers reported on the impact sequencing projects have already had on participants, as well as the challenges, particularly in data interpretation and storage.

The company has been working with the VA since 2013, when it it received a contract to provide sequencing and data analysis for enrollees in the Million Veteran Program.

Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, aerial view

The institute has also been awarded additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for its increased participation in the initiative.

Proponents believe the Million European Genomes Alliance will spur research, stimulate the life sciences economy, and ultimately improve clinical care.

The NIH found widespread support for the program, as well as willingness to participate, that was consistent across demographic groups.

The NIH is seeking new regional medical centers to help enroll and manage a portion of the up to 1 million volunteers expected to participate in the initiative.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.