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The focus of the partnership is on developing cancer diagnostics that may lead to better prediction of disease progression, and the identification of patients who may benefit from specific cancer treatments.

Vanderbilt University scientists have used the school's BioVu databank and electronic medical records to replicate genetic links already known for five diseases.

The top 10 grants in the PGx arena will help pay for projects involving electronic health records, genomic disease risk in cancer, comparative-effectiveness studies on genomic medicine, and PGx research into heart disease.

An advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said at a meeting this week that regulators are discussing ways to regulate EHR systems.


US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.