A presidential transition in a new era of medical discovery

The Hill - A recent poll shows that nearly 65 percent of voters believe the next president should prioritize medical discovery during his or her first 100 days in office.

Full genomic sequencing of Zika could help unlock virus's secrets

Medical Xpress - Scientists have been able to shed more light on how the Zika virus works, by sequencing the full-length genome of the virus from a patient in Brazil and studying how a molecule derived from the genome fights the host antiviral response.

Personalis Awarded US Department of Veterans Affairs Contract for Whole Genome Sequencing and Data Analysis for the Million Veteran Program

Business Wire - Personalis, Inc., announced today that the company has been awarded an order by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to provide whole genome DNA sequencing and data analysis services for the VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP).

When neuroscience leads to neuroweapons

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - In general, the universal prohibition on biological weapons is widely supported, and there is healthy concern over how dual-use technologies—those with both beneficial and dangerous applications—might threaten it.

Dramatic twists could upend patent battle over CRISPR genome-editing method

Science - The 9-month-old patent battle over CRISPR, a novel genome-editing tool that could have immense commercial value, has taken two surprising twists. 

With New Program, DARPA To Encourage Safety “Brakes” For Gene Editing

Xconomy National - The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—a famed military R&D group—wants to finance safety measures for the new gene-editing age. 

Medical ethics conference heads to Capitol Hill

STATnews' Morning Rounds - Bioethicists are descending on Capitol Hill this morning for a conference covering controversial and less-talked-about issues in the world of medicine. 

Startups are driving the cost of genetic testing so low that everyone can be tested for lethal diseases now

Quartz - The startup Color Genomics announced a “family” breast cancer testing program. If you have a close relative who has already been diagnosed with a hereditary cancer mutation, you can get a $50 BRCA test—without going through insurance or even a doctor.

Regenerative Medicine Market Expected to Grow

Market Data Forcecast – Rising demand for biologically derived materials for regenerative medicine, growing technological advancements, and high support from government are driving the growth of global regenerative medicines market.

An Unlikely Funder Moving the Ball on Neuroscience Research: The NFL

Inside Philanthropy – Recent years have seen a rising storm of controversy about brain injuries and professional football. In turn, growing concerns have produced a new stream of grant money for researchers from the NFL.

Toward a Shared Vision for Cancer Genomic Data

The New England Journal of Medicine - For the past 2 years, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the University of Chicago, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and Leidos Biomedical Research have been developing an information system called the NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC). 

GOP Leadership Boosts Prospects for Cures

Politico - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan both said 21st Century Cures would be a top priority for year-end legislative business.