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January
31

Comment Deadline: NCI Request for Letters of Interest for NCI-MATCH Laboratories

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Genetics/Genomics

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in collaboration with the NCI Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (MATCH) trial leadership (NCT 02465060) invites applications for Clinical Laboratory Improvements Program (CLIA) certified/accredited laboratories that test tumor specimens from patients utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) assays to participate in the NCI MATCH trial. The NCI MATCH trial has implemented a new process for identifying patients for arms with rare variant eligibility criteria. Laboratories will contact any of the approximately 1100 sites that have activated NCI MATCH if a specimen sent from one of these sites has a rare variant that would potentially make the patient eligible for one of the treatment arms open in this initiative.

January
16

Comment Deadline: USDA Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Soybean Genetically Engineered for Increased Yield

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Statute
  • Genetics/Genomics

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has received a petition from Verdeca LLC seeking a determination of nonregulated status for the new plant variety HB4 soybean designated as IND-00410-5, which has been genetically engineered for increased yield. APHIS is making the Verdeca LLC petition available for review and comment to help identify potential environmental and interrelated economic issues and impacts that APHIS may determine should be considered in their evaluation of the petition.

December
31

Comment Deadline: NIH Development of a Eureka Prize for Alzheimer's Disease Research

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Science
  • Neuroscience

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a Request for Information inviting comments and suggestions to be considered during the development of a challenge prize for Alzheimer's disease research.

December
28

Comment Deadline: FDA Opioid Policy Steering Committee

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Neuroscience

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing a public docket to solicit suggestions, recommendations, and comments from interested parties, including patients and patient representatives, health care professionals, academic institutions, regulated industry, and other interested organizations, on questions relevant to FDA's newly established Opioid Policy Steering Committee (OPSC).

December
26

Comment Deadline: USDA Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Cotton Genetically Engineered for Resistance to Glyphosate and Isoxaflutole

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Genetics/Genomics

The USDA is advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition from Bayer CropScience LP seeking a determination of nonregulated status of cotton designated as event GHB811, which has been genetically engineered for dual resistance to the herbicides glyphosate and isoxaflutole.

December
20

Comment Deadline: Robotic Aircraft for Sensors Program for Maritime

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Robotics/AI

The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate SUAS sensors or payloads, to determine their potential use in a maritime environment by first responders and DHS operational components and solicits public comment on the possible participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA.