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'Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it'

SAN DIEGO – At the State of Innovation session during BIO 2017, a brief exchange neatly summed up the current status of big data: noting that clinical trial expenses and success rates have not changed appreciably as the amount of data that is collected from patients has increased.more »


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Global research efforts reveal how Zika spread

LONDON – A multinational effort to sequence and analyze 174 Zika genomes has shown exactly how the virus spread across the Americas and demonstrates how whole genome sequencing could be applied in the surveillance of disease outbreaks and to rapidly identify conserved viral DNA that can be targeted by vaccines.

The research, published in a series of papers in Nature and Nature Protocols, found that in each of the regions where Zika circulated the virus was undetected for many months before any cases were reported.

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