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Precision Medicine Initiative

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.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's ability to test new standards and policies is hindered without $5 million Obama requested for FY2016.

Seeking a Cohort

Researchers in the US begin to seek participants for the 1 million-person precision medicine cohort, the New York Times reports.

Down the Road a Ways

Precision medicine is still years away, if it's achievable at all, according to Technology Review.

The company is targeting the new product at researchers who need a comprehensive, pan-ethnic, and affordable solution to genotype many samples.

'Customized Care'

In an op-ed, President Barack Obama says the US is investing in precision medicine.

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Nebula Genomics will be auctioning George Church's genome as a nonfungible token, according to The Scientist.

Anthony Gregg, the outgoing president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, has resigned after using racially insensitive language. 

Facebook has developed an artificial intelligence approach to predict how drugs interact in cells, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: adaptations among high-altitude Mycobacterium tuberculosis, response of multiple myeloma cells to chemotherapy-induced stress, and more.