Earlier this month, the U.S. National Research Council called to create a vast network of data combining patients’ routine medical records with leading-edge molecular and genomic data of their diseases. The panel argued that a database of this scope would benefit and improve medical care, and help push it to the next era of “precision medicine.” According to an article in ScienceInsider by Jocelyn Kaiser, and outlined in the panel’s 108-page report, Toward Precision Medicine: Building a Knowledge Network for Biomedical Research and a New Taxonomy of Disease, America needs a “live network of data on individuals’ molecular tests and health records,” and “this system would be used to develop a new disease taxonomy and personalize medical care.” Read more…

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