NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A bill to create a national institute to study comparative clinical effectiveness of medical treatments and diagnostics — including the use of molecular medicine and genetics to inform those studies — was introduced in the US Senate this week by Senators Max Baucus (D – Mont.) and Kent Conrad (D – ND).

The bill calls for the creation of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which would be a non-profit entity run by "a multi-stakeholder, public-private sector board of governors," Baucus said in a floor statement to the Senate on Tuesday.

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