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'New era of medicine'
Not nearly as expansive as the draft 21st Century Cures Initiative released earlier last week by a House committee, the president Friday unveiled his $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative focusing on collaborative efforts to leverage advances in genomics, data sharing and health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries. more »

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Genome studies broaden and deepen as methods progress

TOKYO – In the nearly 12 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, next-generation sequencing methods have made genome sequencing both faster and cheaper, leading to massive increases in the numbers of individuals who can be sequenced. Projects have gone from the Human Genome Project, to the 1,000 Genomes Project, to the announcement last week of a 100,000 Genomes Project that plans to start recruiting patients in February 2015. (See BioWorld Today, Dec. 23, 2014.)