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Precision Medicine Initiative

Within the consortium community healthcare systems can contribute and access each other's data on cancer patients' molecular profiles and treatment outcomes.

The agency said it would disperse the funds to the clinic over the course of five years to collect, store, and distribute biospecimens for precision medicine research.

Researchers outlined nine regulatory research-related challenges to validating, advancing, and improving next-generation sequencing-based diagnostic tests.

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"I'm on this planet thanks to being an early prototype of precision medicine myself," said Eric Dishman, who the NIH has picked to lead the PMI Cohort Program.

Since the PMI will take some time and more funds to implement, experts believe legislation is needed to ensure the project has continued support.

The company intends to provide no-cost subscriptions to the Cloudera platform for storage, processing, and analyzing big data to researchers at some 50 institutions.

Dozens of government agencies, academic institutions, and a various public and private sector organizations have now committed to driving the initiative forward.

The agency is asking for input on conducting baseline physical evaluations of program volunteers and for obtaining biospecimens from these individuals.

The agency also said it will commit up to $15.8 million in fiscal 2016 for programs advancing tools and technologies in support of its ongoing BRAIN Initiative.

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NPR says the explosion and fire earlier this week at a Russian lab that stores dangerous pathogens revives the question of whether such samples should be kept.

According to Wired, Nebula Genomics is providing a way for people to get their genomes sequenced anonymously.

A 26-year-old woman tells Cosmopolitan about learning her APOE status at a young age.

In Science journals this week: a functional genomic screen uncovers drug combination that increases KRAS inhibitor efficacy in aggressive lung cancer, and more.