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Precision Medicine Initiative

Drug developers and genetic testing firms are contemplating how best to share variant classification data while protecting their commercial interests.

The proposed bill would provide the agency with a $2 billion budget increase for the second year in a row after more than a decade of stagnant funding.

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.

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Despite differences in their migration habits, eastern and western monarch butterflies are genetically similar, according to a study in Molecular Ecology.

The UK is implementing COVID-19 testing with a 90-minute turnaround time.

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is working with California's health department to sequence viral samples from COVID-19 patients to trace viral introductions, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PLOS this week: identification of fungal species in subcutaneous infections, sequencing of Campylobacter found in raw meat from retail stores, and more.